Kent Mark's Tai Chi

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Kent Mark - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Source: Kent's Tai Chi Center

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan

Yang Style - Short Form - 27 Movements

The common Yang style tai chi chuan can be described as having slow, controlled, graceful movements. It is difficult to differentiate it from other styles without knowing the movements of the form, as it is often practised somewhat differently by different people: it can be practised in a high-stance, middle-stance, or low-stance; it can contain some quick or sudden movements; it can include high kicks and/or low crouches; etc. Sifu Mark teaches a middle-stance form with slow and controlled movements (the height of kicks and crouches are directly dependent on the height of one's stance).

Benefits of Yang Style

The Yang style was created for the purpose of making tai chi chuan more available to the elderly and the sick. It's movements are slow and controlled, and are less physically demanding. However, the Yang style does not compromise any of the benefits of tai chi chuan. Yang style still develops a relaxed and focused mind, a relaxed and strong body, a healthy and peaceful attitude in its practitioners, and is an effective form of self-defense.

Forms

Short Form - Tai Chi Chuan - Tai Chi Boxing

The Short Form consists of 27 movements, and acts as an easier and simpler introduction to tai chi chuan. Despite being simpler than the long form, the short form still teaches relaxation, focusing one's mind, and strengthening one's body. One can practise the short form, without ever learning the long form, and still attain health benefits.

1. Ready 15. Strike Opponents Ears With Both Fists
2. Commencement 16. Turn and Kick With Left Sole
3. Partition of Wild Horse's Mane (L,R,L) 17. Single Whip
4. Stork Cools Its Wings 18. Snake Creeps Down
5. Brush Knee and Twist Step (L,R,L) 19. Golden Cock Stands on One Leg
6. Play the Fiddle 20. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles (R,L)
7. Step Back and Repulse Monkey (L,R,L,R) 21. Needle in Sea Bottom
8. Grasp Bird's Tail (L) 22. Fan Through the Back
9. Grasp Bird's Tail (R) 23. Chop Opponent With Fist
10. Single Whip 24. Step Up, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch
11. Wave Hands Like Clouds 25. Apparent Close Up
12. Single Whip 26. Cross Hands
13. High Pat on Horse 27. Conclusion
14. Right Foot Kicks Upward  

Long Form - Tai Chi Chuan - Tai Chi Boxing

The long form is more closely related to the original form created by Yang Lu Chan. When all movements are considered, there are about 108 in total (some counts have been as high as 160 movements). Sifu Mark teaches the 85 movement version of the long form, created by Yang Cheng Fu, which is about three times as long as the short form, containing every movement from the short form as well as over two dozen other movements, many of which are performed numerous times. It can be said that the long form requires more physical ability than the short form, but when performed slowly, as is desired, all movements can be accomplished by anyone who can successfully practise the short form.

1. Ready 30. High Pat on Horse 59. Golden Cock Stands on One Leg
2. Commencement of Tai Chi Chuan 31. Separation of Right Foot 60. Step Back and Repulse Monkey
3. Grasp Bird's Tail 32. Separation of Left Foot 61. Slanting Flying
4. Single Whip 33. Turn and Kick with Heel 62. Raise Hands and Step Up
5. Raise Hands and Step Up 34. Brush Knee and Twist Step (R,L) 63. Stork Cools its Wings
6. Stork Cools its Wings 35. Step up and Punch Downward 64. Brush Knee and Twist Step (R)
7. Brush Knee and Twist Step (R) 36. Turn and Chop Opponent With Fist 65. Needle in Sea Bottom
8. Play the Fiddle 37. Step Up, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch 66. Fan Through the Back
9. Brush Knee and Twist Step (R,L,R) 38. Right Foot Kicks Upward 67. Turn and White Snake Puts Out Tongue
10. Play the Fiddle 39. Hit a Tiger at Left 68. Step Up, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch
11. Brush Knee and Twist Step (R) 40. Hit a Tiger at Right 69. Step Up, Grasp Bird's Tail
12. Step Up, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch 41. Turn, Right Foot Kicks Upward 70. Single Whip
13. Apparent Close Up 42. Stike Opponent's Ears with Both Fists 71. Wave Hands Like Clouds
14. Cross Hands 43. Left Foot Kicks Upward 72. Single Whip
15. Carry Tiger to Mountain 44. Turn, Right Foot Kicks Upward 73. High Pat on Horse
16. Fist Under Elbow 45. Step Up, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch 74. Turn and Cross Legs
17. Step Back and Repluse Monkey 46. Apparent Close Up 75. Step Up, Brush Knee and Punch Opponent's Midsection
18. Slanting Flying 47. Cross Hands 76. Step Up, Grasp Bird's Tail (Step)
19. Raise Hands and Step Up 48. Carry Tiger to Mountain 77. Single Whip and Snake Creeps Down
20. Stork Cools its Wings 49. Diagonal Single Whip 78. Step Up to Form Seven Stars Fist
21. Brush Knee and Twist Step (L) 50. Partition of Wild Horse's Mane (L, R, L, R, L) 79. Retreat To Ride Tiger
22. Needle in Sea Bottom 51. Step Up, Grasp Bird's Tail 80. Turn Around and Kick Horizontally (Lotus Kick)
23. Fan Through the Back 52. Single Whip 81. Shoot Tiger with Bow
24. Chop Opponent with Fist 53. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles (L, R, L, R) 82. Turn, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch
25. Step Up, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch 54. Grasp Bird's Tail 83. Apparent Close Up
26. Step Up, Grasp Bird's Tail 55. Single Whip 84. Cross Hands
27. Single Whip 56. Wave Hands Like Clouds 85. Conclusion of Grand Terminus
28. Wave Hands Like Clouds 57. Single Whip  
29. Single Whip 58. Snake Creeps Down
In class, the four repetitions of "Fair Lady Works at Shuttles" is often referred to as "Four Corners," as the movements are directed towards the N.E., N.W., S.W., and S.E., in turn.
In class, these movements, consisting of seven distinct kicks, are often referred to as "Seven Kicks"