24 Posture Tai Chi at Ocean Sunset

Dr. Bobbert, founder of  Tai Chi Village.org,  finds the ocean invigorating.  The following video could be used by students studying Yang Style 24 Postures as a “follow along” practice.  Otherwise it is not presented as a teaching tool because Dr. Bobbert, at 74, was just relaxing and some of the techniques are more “relaxed” than the precise way the style is performed in Tai Chi Village classes.

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The 24 Tai Chi Form has many names but was developed in 1956 by the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission of the People’s Republic of China.  A standard form was needed for the Tai Chi competitions and China want it adapted for the Olympics.

The Standard Simplified Beijing 24 Taijiquan Form was based on the Yang Family style of Tai Chi Chuan. The Yang Style of Taijiquan was developed by Yang Lu Chan (1799-1872),. Yang Lu Chan learned the Chen Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan from Chen Chang Xing (1771-1853).

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The style taught at Tai Chi Village follows the postures in the Standard Beijing Taijiquan 24 Form with  small refinements to that we have learned from out teachers over the last 25 years.  Our list is presented below with a Memory Chain.  Aikido Master Ron Boyd like visual reminders to help students learn so when he ask for one on Tai Chi, Dr. Bobbert created the first version of the one below.

Memory Chain drawing of 24 postures

24 Posture Memory Chain

Note:  #17 Snake Creeps down should precede  16 Rooster Stands on Right leg – error occurred in revising the drawing in 2010 and just found 12/25/14.

Names:  Many names exist from erroneous translations of the Chinese to English, so we decided to just go with the names we learned from our teachers.  For example #16 is sometimes referred to as “Golden Cock stands on one leg and crows at the dawn.

Tai chi  principle:
when the opponent is attacking you should yield.   When the opponent retreats you should follow”