| Tai Chi 42:
Frame & Martial Applications
The immense popularity of The 42 Form since its
creation is an indication of how well it was composed. In October 1990,
the 11th Asian Games were held in Beijing, China. For the first time in
the history of the Asian Games, Wu shu (martial arts) was included as
an item for competition. The 42 Forms is the only
Forms being chosen to represent Tai Chi. Naturally this set will be the
official Forms in the year 2008 Olympics Games.
The competition routine of Tai Chi 42 Form was created based mainly on
the the traditional Yang style while synthesizing the
movements from several other Tai Chi styles such as Chen,
Wu and Sun styles.
Though the competition routine of 42 styles Tai Ji Quan complies with
the characteristics of Yang style Tai Ji Quan, the arrangement of
movements which absorbed from others Tai Ji Quan is quite different.
The whole routine can be divided into four official segments:
Segment 1: Forms 1 - 10
,mainly uses the movements of Yang style Tai Ji Quan with the extensive
posture and the slow and gentle performance.
Segment 2: Forms 11 - 18 ,
emphasizes the characters of ˇ°opening and closing handsˇ± of Sun style
Tai Ji Quan, ˇ°jade girl working with shuttlesˇ± of Wu style and ˇ°hide
hands and strike fistˇ± of Chen style.
Segment 3: Forms 19 - 29 ,
focuses on the movements of ˇ°wave hands like cloudsˇ± of Yang style and
ˇ°beating tigerˇ± of Wu style to practice the control and balance of toes
kicking and slapping foot.
Segment 4: Forms 30 to 42 ,
is based on the fourth segment of 48 styles Tai Ji Quan which displays
the characteristics of Yang style.
Tai Chi 42 Form Martial Applications: The applications of 33
postures are revealed.Often underestimated by many experts, but in
addition to the explicit
meaning of self-defense applications of Tai Chi movements,
understanding martial applications within your Tai Chi movements is the
most effective way to grasp the original meaning of each posture, to
deepen of your internal training, as the real link between
simply fitness aspects or Taoist philosophical theories and resulting
in acquiring the final martial aesthetical touch during your
This edition is
supervised Professorial team of Beijing University of Physical
Education where famous experts such as Meng Huifeng, Wudong are
actively working for the development of Standard version of Tai Chi
Chuan. The collaboration with expert such as Chen Sitan makes
this material very valuable.
More than 430 color photos. Pdf file.
Tai Chi 42 Form companion video:
Chen Sitan full 42 form
demonstrations: one front view and one rear view.
Introduction of 42 Tai Chi Chuan.
Study of Segment1.
Study of Segment2.
Study of Segment3.
Study of Segment4.
demonstrations: one front view and one rear
subtitles. Mpg files. Around 50 mn. Fast
serious practitioner of Taichi is dreaming to combine the major styles
of Taichi in their training, after ordering, now I feel much more
confident with this material than with others (including DVD and
books). Yes I like also your flash effects. Thanks for presenting the
real standard competition form, instead of any "My form is the most
--- Gregory Malaysia - June 2005
24 Taichi, I was thinking to learn either sword or another specific
style such as Chen Style, but I bought your 42 Taichi e-book, I really
enjoy it as I can continue to progress my Tai Chi while discoring new
movements and new styles, thanks for the very precise technical details
included in your e-book."
--- Sergio Italy ¨C October 2006
believe that nothing can replace a good teacher in Taichi, but your
e-book is ok, the various applications for each form is interesting."
--- Sandyr USA - October 2007