108 Moves of Tai Chi – Yang Style

 

 

 

 

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The 108 moves of Tai Chi Chuan is a specific feature of the traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, as well as the branches emerging from it, like the Wu Style Tai Chi, Taoist Tai Chi, and Sun Style Tai Chi.

Even though this form has become popularly known as the "108 Yang Form", the number "108" depends on how you count the moves. For example if I was to count each and every move individually (including repeated moves and transition moves) then I would reach a figure of over 200 moves. Other schools have grouped moves and arrived at a figure of 103 moves of the tai chi form.

Here is the sequence as it is commonly grouped to produce the 108 moves of Tai Chi:

# Mandarin Characters Pinyin Common English Name
1 预备 yùbèi Preparation Form
2 起式 qǐshì Beginning
3 掤左 péng zuǒ Ward Off Left
4 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Sparrow's tail
5 单鞭 dān biān Single whip
6 提手右靠 tí shǒu yòu kào Raise Hands and Right Shoulder Stroke
7 白鹤凉翅 bái hè liáng chì White Crane Spreads its Wings
8 左搂膝拗步 zuǒ lǒu xī ǎo bù Left Brush Knee Twist Step
9 手挥琵琶 shǒu huī pípá Hand Strums the Lute
10 左搂膝拗步 zuǒ lǒu xī ǎo bù Left Brush Knee Twist Step
11 右搂膝拗步 yòu lǒu xī ǎo bù Right Brush Knee Twist Step
12 左搂膝拗步 zuǒ lǒu xī ǎo bù Left Brush Knee Twist Step
13 手挥琵琶 shǒu huī pípá Hand Strums the Lute
14 左搂膝拗步 zuǒ lǒu xī ǎo bù Left Brush Knee and Push
15 进步搬拦捶 jìn bù bān lán chuí Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, and Punch
16 如封似闭 rú fēng sì bì Apparent Close Up
17 十字手 shí zì shǒu Cross Hands
18 抱虎归山 bào hǔ guī shān Embrace the Tiger and Return to Mountain
19 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Sparrow's tail
20 肘底捶 zhǒu dǐ chuí Fist Under Elbow
21 左倒撵猴 zuǒ dǎo niǎn hóu Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, Left
22 右倒撵猴 yòu dǎo niǎn hóu Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, Right
23 左倒撵猴 zuǒ dǎo niǎn hóu Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, Left
24 斜飞式 xié fēi shì Slant Flying
25 提手右靠 tí shǒu yòu kào Raise Hands and Right Shoulder Stroke
26 白鹤凉翅 bái hè liáng chì White Crane Spreads its Wings
27 左搂膝拗步 zuǒ lǒu xī ǎo bù Left Brush Knee Twist Step
28 海底针 hǎi dǐ zhēn Needle at Sea Bottom
29 扇通背 shàn tōng bèi Fan Through the Back
30 转身撇身捶 zhuǎn shēn piě shēn chuí Turn Body and Hammer with Fist
31 进步搬拦捶 jìn bù bān lán chuí Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, and Punch
32 掤左 péng zuǒ Ward Off Left (Diagonal)
33 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Sparrow's tail
34 单鞭 dān biān Single whip
35 提手右靠 tí shǒu yòu kào Raise Hands and Right Shoulder Stroke
36 白鹤凉翅 bái hè liáng chì White Crane Spreads its Wings
37 高探马 gāo tàn mǎ Stand High Search for Horse
38 右分脚 yòu fēn jiǎo Right Separation Kick
39 左分脚 zuǒ fēn jiǎo Left Separation Kick
40 转身左蹬脚 zhuǎn shēn dèng jiǎo Turn Body and Left Sole Kick
41 左搂膝拗步 zuǒ lǒu xī ǎo bù Left Brush Knee Twist Step
42 右搂膝拗步 yòu lǒu xī ǎo bù Right Brush Knee Twist Step
43 进步栽锤 jìn bù zāi chuí Step Forward and Punch Down
44 转身撇身捶 zhuǎn shēn piě shēn chuí Turn Body and Hammer with Fist
45 进步搬拦捶 jìn bù bān lán chuí Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, and Punch
46 右蹬脚 yòu dèng jiǎo Right Sole Kick
47 左打虎式 zuǒ dǎ hǔ shì Left Strike Tiger
48 右打虎式 yòu dǎ hǔ shì Right Strike Tiger
49 回身右蹬脚 huí shēn yòu dèng jiǎo Turn Body and Right Sole Kick
50 双峰灌耳 shuāng fēng guàn ěr Twin Fists Strike Opponents Ears
51 左蹬脚 zuǒ dèng jiǎo Left Heel Kick
52 转身右蹬脚 zhuǎn shēn yòu dèng jiǎo Turn Body and Right Sole Kick
53 进步搬拦捶 jìn bù bān lán chuí Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, and Punch
54 如封似闭 rú fēng sì bì Apparent Close Up
55 十字手 shí zì shǒu Cross Hands
56 抱虎归山 bào hǔ guī shān Embrace the Tiger and Return to Mountain
57 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Sparrow's tail
58 斜单鞭 xié dān biān Diagonal Single Whip
59 右野马分鬃 yòu yě mǎ fēn zōng Parting Wild Horse's Mane, Right
60 左野马分鬃 zuǒ yě mǎ fēn zōng Parting Wild Horse's Mane, Left
61 右野马分鬃 yòu yě mǎ fēn zōng Parting Wild Horse's Mane, Right
62 掤左 péng zuǒ Ward Off Left
63 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Bird's tail
64 单鞭 dān biān Single Whip
65 左玉女穿梭 zuǒ yù nǚ chuān suō Jade Lady Works at Shuttles (Left)
66 右玉女穿梭 yòu yù nǚ chuān suō Jade Lady Works at Shuttles (Right)
67 左玉女穿梭 zuǒ yù nǚ chuān suō Jade Lady Works at Shuttles (Left)
68 右玉女穿梭 yòu yù nǚ chuān suō Jade Lady Works at Shuttles (Right)
69 掤左 péng zuǒ Ward Off Left
70 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Bird's tail
71 单鞭 dān biān Single Whip
72 云手 yún shǒu Cloud Hands (x3)
73 单鞭 dān biān Single Whip
74 下势 xià shì Snake Creeps Down
75 左金鸡独立 zuǒ jīn jī dú lì Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Left
76 右金鸡独立 yòu jīn jī dú lì Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Right
77 左倒撵猴 zuǒ dǎo niǎn hóu Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, Left
78 右倒撵猴 yòu dǎo niǎn hóu Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, Right
79 左倒撵猴 zuǒ dǎo niǎn hóu Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, Left
80 斜飞式 xié fēi shì Diagonal Slant Flying
81 提手右靠 tí shǒu yòu kào Raise Hands and Shoulder Stroke
82 白鹤凉翅 bái hè liáng chì White Crane Spreads its Wings
83 左搂膝拗步 zuǒ lǒu xī ǎo bù Left Brush Knee and Push
84 海底针 hǎi dǐ zhēn Needle at Sea Bottom
85 扇通背 shàn tōng bèi Fan Through the Back
86 转身白蛇吐信 zhuǎn shēn bái shé tǔ xìn Turn Body and White Snake Spits out Tongue
87 进步搬拦捶 jìn bù bān lán chuí Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, and Punch
88 掤左 péng zuǒ Ward Off Left (Diagonal)
89 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Sparrow's tail
90 单鞭 dān biān Single whip
91 云手 yún shǒu Cloud Hands (x3)
92 单鞭 dān biān Single Whip
93 高探马 gāo tàn mǎ Stand High Search for Horse
94 穿掌 chuān zhǎng Penetrating Palm
95 十字腿 shí zì tuǐ Turn and Cross Kick
96 进步指裆锤 jìn bù zhǐ dāng chuí Step Forward and Punch Groin
97 掤左 péng zuǒ Ward Off Left (Diagonal)
98 拦雀尾 lán què wěi Grasp the Sparrow's tail
99 单鞭 dān biān Single whip
100 下势 xià shì Snake Creeps Down
101 上步七星 shàng bù qī xīng Step Up Seven Stars
102 退步跨虎 tuì bù kuà hǔ Step back and Ride the Tiger
103 转身摆莲 zhuǎn shēn bǎi lián Turn Body and Swing Over Lotus
104 弯弓射虎 wān gōng shè hǔ Bend the Bow and Shoot the Tiger
105 进步搬拦捶 jìn bù bān lán chuí Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, and Punch
106 如封似闭 rú fēng sì bì Apparent Close Up
107 十字手 shí zì shǒu Cross Hands
108 收式 shōu shì Conclusion

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