Tai Chi Chuan: National 24 Movement Form

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Taijiquan 24 Form

Alternative names (translations):
Standard Simplified National Version
Standard Beijing Taijiquan 24 Form
Chinese National 24 Form Taiji
Taijiquan 24 Movement Form, 1956, in the Yang Style

There are many different ways of counting the 24 postures. Some schemes count the opening and closing while compressing other forms, such as "Grasp Sparrow's Tail" into one, instead of four, postures. Other schemes exclude the Opening and Closing from their counts.

Common Name (Chinese), alternate translations - [direction/instruction]

  1. Commencing (Qǐshì), Preparation, Beginning
  2. Part the Wild Horse's Mane (Zuǒyòu Yémǎ Fēnzōng), LEFT and RIGHT [Part wild horse’s mane - [3 times (2 x n. east & 1 x s-east )]
  3. White Crane Spreads Its Wings (Báihè Lìangchì), Stork/Crane Cools Its Wings - [(east)]
  4. Brush Knee and Step Forward (Zuǒyòu Lōuxī Àobù), Brush Knee and Twist Step, LEFT and RIGHT - [3 times (east)]
  5. Playing the Lute (Shǒuhūi Pípā), Strum the Lute, Play Guitar - [(east)]
  6. Step Back and Repulse Monkey (Dǎo niǎn hóu), Reverse Reeling Forearm (Zuǒyòu Dào juǎn gōng), LEFT and RIGHT - [4 times (west)]
  7. Grasp Sparrow's Tail - left (Zuǒ Lǎn Què Wěi), Grasp the Bird's Tail - [(1x east left style)]
  • Ward Off (Bīng)
  • Rollback (Lǚ)
  • Press (Jǐ)
  • Push (Àn)
  1. Grasp Sparrow's Tail - right (Yòu Lǎn què wěi) - [(1x west right style)]
  • Ward Off (Bīng)
  • Rollback (Lǚ)
  • Press (Jǐ)
  • Push (Àn)
  1. Single Whip (Dān biān) - [(east) (left style)]
  2. Wave Hands Like Clouds (Yúnshǒu), Cloud Hands, Cloud Built Hands, Wave Hands in Clouds - [4 times (east)]
  3. Single Whip (Dān biān) - [(east) (left style)]
  4. High Pat on Horse (Gāo tàn mǎ), Step Up to Examine Horse - [(east)]
  5. Right Heel Kick (Yòu dēng jiǎo), Separate Right Foot, Kick with Right Foot - [(K.1) (s. east)]
  6. Strike to Ears with Both Fists (Shuāng fēng guàn ěr) -[(s. east)]
  7. Turn Body and Left Heel Kick (Zhuǎnshēn zuǒ dēngjiǎo) - [(225 degrees) & kick with left heel (west)]
  8. Left Lower Body and Stand on One Leg (Zuǒ Xià shì dúlì)
  • Snake Creeps Down, Single Whip Squatting Down - [(west) (left style)]
  • Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Golden Bird Standing Alone - [(west) (left style-on left leg)]
  1. Right Lower Body and Stand on One Leg (Yòu Xià shì dúlì)
  • Snake Creeps Down, Single Whip Squatting Down - [(west) (left style)]
  • Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Golden Bird Standing Alone - [(west) (right style-on right leg)]
  1. Fair Lady Works with Shuttles, (Walking Wood), Shuttle Back and Forth (Yòuzuǒ yùnǚ chuānsuō), Four Corners, RIGHT and LEFT - [2 times (n. west & s. west)]
  2. Needle at Sea Bottom (Hǎidǐ zhēn) - [(west)]
  3. Fan Through Back (Shǎn tōng bi), Fan Penetrates Back - [(west)]
  4. Turn Body, Deflect, Parry, and Punch (Zhuǎnshēn Bānlánchuí) - [(east)]
  5. Appears Closed (Rúfēng shìbì, ååäé), Withdraw and Push, as if Closing a Door - [(east)]
  6. Cross Hands (Shízìshǒu) - [(south)]
  7. Closing (Shōushì)
24 Form drawing