Peking style Tai Chi

Peking
This is the most commonly practiced style. Pacing is uniformly slow throughout the form, with no variation in speed during transitions. Continuity, without break or pause, is the key. The hand form is loose and open for the most part; fists are not clenched during punches.

The Peking form develops softness and strength at the same time.

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Positioning Brush the Knee and push

 

 

  • Right bow stance
  • Body lean slightly
  • Right palm down
  • Left fingers nose high
  • Look over the Left fingers
  • Shoulders square to the front
  • Sink down into the hip joints



Knowing the static movement is good, but more important is knowing how to get from one movement to another. The transitional movements should be practiced with equal focus if not more.

The following is the Peking style with very basic instructions; it is used as a reminder for students who have already learned the set.


Peking style Tai Chi


 

Beginning movement:

Both arms float up then sink down with body

 

 

Part the wild horse mane:

Hold ball, step out then spread arms

 

White crane spreads its wings:

Cross wrists, lift up then open arms

 

Brush knee and push:

Raise arms, brush knee then push

 

Hand strums the lute:

Bring in then lift up with left arm

 

Step back and whirl arms:

Hold ball in front, step back then push

 

Grasp the birds tail (left):

Ward off, roll back, press then push

 

Grasp the birds tail (right):

Ward off, roll back, press then push

 

Single whip:

Circle arms, hook right then push with left palm

 

Wave hands as clouds:

Circle arms while stepping sideways to the left

 

Single whip:

Circle arms, hook right then push with left palm

 

High pat on horse:

Turn left palm, pull back and push with right palm

 

Kick with right heel:

Circle arms, open arms from the top and kick with right heel

 

Strike ears with both fists:

Palms dropping over right knee, step down with double fist

 

Turn and kick with right heel:

Turn body, open arms and kick with left heel

 

Push down and stand on left leg:

Drop on right leg then lift right arm and knee up

 

Push down and stand on right leg:

Drop on left leg then lift left arm and knee up

 

Work at shuttles on both sides:

Hold ball then block and push

 

Needle at sea bottom:

Circle arms then drop right arm between knees

 

Flash the arm:

Touch right wrist, lift up then push and pull

 

Turn, deflect , parry and punch:

Turn, circle right fist, left brush then right punch

 

Apparent close up:

Left palm under right elbow, open, close then push

 

Cross hands:

Open arms while turning, cross arms in front and stand up

 

Closing movement:

Turn palms down then drop arms to the side