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Form positions

In the T'ai Chi form we move from position to position in a fluent way. The positions all have their own name and meaning. Below are the names of the 37 positions of the Yang Style short form as taught by Cheng Man-Ch'ing.

1. Preparation
2. Beginning
3. Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Ward-off Left
4. Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Ward-off Right
5. Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Roll Back
6. Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Press
7. Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Push
8. Single Whip
9. Lifting Hands (Raise Hands)
10. Presenting the Right Shoulder (Shoulder-Stroke)
11. White Stork Spreads Its Wings (White Crane Cools Its Wings)
12. Brush Knee Twist Step, Left
13. Playing Guitar(Strumming the Lute)
Brush Knee Twist Step, Left
14. Step Up, Block, Parry (Chop) and
15. Punch
16. Apparent Close-Up
17. Cross Hands
18. Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Roll Back
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Press
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Push
Single Whip
19. Fist Under Elbow
20. Repulse Monkey, Right
21. Repulse Monkey, Left
Repetition of Repulse Monkeys, Ending on Left
22. Slantingly (Diagonal) Flying
23. Cloud Hands, Left
24. Cloud Hands, Right
Repetition of Cloud Hands, Ending on Left
Single Whip
25. Single Whip Sinks Down
26. Golden Rooster (Cock) Stands on One Leg, Left
27. Golden Rooster (Cock) Stands on One Leg, RIght
28. Lift Kick, Left (Right Separation of the Foot)
29. Lift Kick, Right (Left Separation of the Foot)
30. Push Kick (Turn Body, Kick with Heel)
Brush Knee, Left and Right
31. Punch Down (Step Forward and Punch)
Step Up To Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Ward-off Right
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Roll Back
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Press
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Push
Single Whip
32. Fair Lady Works Shuttles (First Corner)
33. Fair Lady Works Shuttles (Second Corner)
Fair Lady Works Shuttles (Third Corner)
Fair Lady Works Shuttles (Fourth Corner)
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Ward-off Left
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Ward-off Right
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Roll Back
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Press
Grasp Sparrow's Tail, Push
Single Whip
Single Whip Sinks Down
34. Step Up To Seven Stars Of The Big Dipper
35. Astride Tiger (Retreat to Ride Tiger)
36. Lotus Spin and Kick (Turn Body Sweep Lotus Leg)
37. Bend Bow Shoot Tiger
Step Forward, Block, Parry (Chop) and Punch
Apparent Close-Up
Push
Cross Hands
Closing T'ai-Chi Form