The 16-posture Simplified Form of t'ai chi ch'uan/Taijiquan, (Chinese: 太极拳; pinyin: Tàijíquán) Wu Style (吳氏), is a short version of Tai chi composed of sixteen movements. This 16 form Wú Family style routine was introduced by Wu Gwongyu and Ma Hailong in 2006.

History Edit

The form was the result of an effort by the Chinese Sports Committee, which, in 1956, brought together four t'ai chi teachers - Chu Guiting, Cai Longyun, Fu Zhongwen, and Zhang Yu - to create a simplified form of t'ai chi as exercise for the masses. The creators truncated the traditional family style t'ai chi forms to 24 postures ; taking about six minutes to perform and to give the beginner an introduction to the essential elements of t'ai chi ch'uan, yet retain the traditional flavor of traditional longer hand forms (in general, 88-108 postures). After the creation of that form, The chinese Government commanded the five great Schools of Taichi to create simplified 16-Steps Forms to be used as teaching tools as well as Competition forms.

Movements Edit

Commencing (Qǐshì, 起势), Preparation, Beginning

  1. Grasp the peacock’s tail
  2. Brush Knee and Twist Step
  3. Open feet on both sides
  4. Strike to Ears with Both Fists (Shuāng fēng guàn ěr, 双峰贯耳)
  5. Part the Wild Horse's Mane (Zuoyou Yémǎ Fēnzōng, 左右野马分鬃)
  6. Fair Lady Works with Shuttles (Yòuzuǒ yùnǚ chuānsuō, 右左玉女穿梭)
  7. Single Whip (Dān biān, 单鞭)
  8. Wave Hands like Cloud (Yúnshǒu, 云手)
  9. Push down and stand on one leg
  10. Step back and whirl arms
  11. Step backward and straddle the tiger
  12. Turn body and lotus kick
  13. Curved bow shoots tiger
  14. Turn body back and punch with fist
  15. Step forward and grasp the peacock’s tail
  16. Single Whip (Dān biān, 单鞭)

Closing (Shōushì, 收势)

Applications Edit

Wu Style Tai Chi short form

Wu Style Tai Chi short form