Chi 48 & Sword 32: Frame & Martial Applications
e-book presents two great standards in Tai Chi: Tai Chi Chuan 48 Forms
and Tai Chi Sword 32 Forms.
Another valuable content is the "Martial Applications of Tai Chi 48
Tai Chi 48 Forms:
After the creation of The 24
Forms (the most popular Forms in the world, created by 4 Chinese
experts in order to popularize Tai Chi), there came a growing demand
for more difficult Forms for the purposes of further studies and
demonstration. In 1976, the Combined 48 Forms were created by three Tai
Chi experts headed by Professor Men Hui Feng.
The combined Forms were created
based on combining and condensing classical Forms of the four major
styles, namely Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun. The idea was to take the best of
all styles and to express these in a short space of time, not unlike
the Reader's Digest condensed version of classical novels. This idea
proved to be popular.
Martial Applications of Tai Chi
48 Forms: each classical form is presented with different applications
(up to six) demonstrating the large range in which a martial artist can
"interpret" this classical form in combat situation
Sword 32 Forms: This is probably the best starter for Tai Chi.
Traditionally the Sword Form is composed of 32 movements divided into
four stages. It is very subtle, nuanced and graceful and draws
particular attention to the movements and positions of the hands as
they are expressed by the sword and 'sword-finger'.
This edition is supervised by the Professorial team
of Beijing University of Physical Education where famous experts such
as Meng Huifeng, Wudong are actively working for the development of
standard versions of Tai Chi Chuan, thus the collaboration of the Tai
Chi Chuan World Champion Chen Sitan, makes this material highly
valuable, in addition this e-book includes also:
- Founders of Tai Chi
Guiding principles of 48 Forms
Step by step in 48 Forms
- Basic Hand
forms (grip & sword fingers) in Sword 32 Forms
- Step by step
in Sword 32 Forms
More than 520
color and B&W photos.
to make available to the public this excellent e-book on Tai Chi, Chen
Sitan is performing admirably, I start with the sword 32, and really
enjoy it. Thanks again."
--- Bob D. San Francisco US - August 2004
Chi Self defense has always appeared to me like inaccessible, your
systematic description of each singular form is a real gift for me, now
I suddenly realize how practical and down to earth is in fact Tai Chi.
I think that a lot of people like me need this kind of material and not
large philosophical theories, ying yang and so on... "
--- Sylvestre M. Canada– September 2004