Sun Style of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Standard International Competition 73 Movements Form
Michael P. Garofalo

Historical Background
Sun Style Taijiquan Original 98 Movements Form and the 73
Movements Competition Form
Grandmaster Sun Lu-Tang (1861-1933), was already a master of the internal
martial arts of Bagua Quan and Hsing Yi Quan, an experienced fighter, a
renowned author and teacher, and very familiar with many other external and
internal martial arts styles before he began a more detailed study of
Taijiquan. In 1911, Sun Lu-Tang learned Wu Yu-xiang style of Taijiquan from Hao
Wei-Chen (1849-1920). By around 1916, Sun Lu-Tang had created his own
version of a Taijiquan bare hand form; and, it is reported, performed his own
Taijiquan form every day until he died. In 1921, Sun Lu-Tang published his
book "A Study of Taijiquan."
Grandmaster Sun Lu Tang was one of the first persons to write and publish
books on all three of the core "internal" Chinese martial arts (i.e., Xing Yi Quan,
Ba Gua Quan, and Tai Ji Quan), one of the first persons to openly teach both
men and women these three arts in some major cities in China, and one of the
first persons to actively and publicly promote the non-martial aspects of these
arts to help improve health and fitness, moral character, and spiritual
insight. Sun Lutang's books Xing Yi Quan Xue: The Study of Form-Mind
Boxing(1915), Baguazhang (1916), and A Study of Taijiquan (1921) were
influential early works about the internal martial arts (Nei Jia Quan). His
teaching and writing helped interest many modern "Scholar Warriors" in the
many interrelations (both real and imagined) between the internal martial arts
and Wudang and Emei Taoism, Daoyin (Qigong), Shaolin Buddhism, and
traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy (e.g., I Ching, Five Elements, Ba
Gua).
Sun Lu Tang says, "There is great emphasis on the method of cultivating the
body. All people - men, women, the old, the young - may practice in order to
replace temerity with bravery, and stiffness with pliability. Those who are
extremely weak, who suffer from fatigue and injury or illness, or who have
weakened your qi from the practice of other martial arts to the point that you
no longer have the strength to train, all of you may practice Tai Ji Quan. With
practice, the qi will quickly come to a balanced state and will become strong,
while the spirit naturally returns to a state of wholeness. Disease will be

eliminated, and the length of life increased." (A Study of Taijiquan, 1921, p.
60).
Sun Lu-Tang's 1921 book, A Study of Taijiquan, was not very detailed in terms
of descriptions of the movements, and there were relatively few photographs in
the book, and usually only one black and white photograph of Sun Lu-Tang was
provided for each movement. As with most Taijiquan forms, as the years
passed after 1921, various Sun Taijiquan teachers modified movements and
sequencing of the original 98 movement Sun Taijiquan form. Sun Lu-Tang's
many fine students continued to teach the Sun Taijiquan 98 Movement
Form long after his death. Three members of the Sun family taught the Sun
Style of Taijiquan: his son, Sun Cunzhou, his daughter Sun Jian-Yun, and his
granddaughter, Sun Shurong. By the late 1980's there were a number of
versions of the Sun Taijiquan forms. This situation, of course, presented
problems for those judging Taijiquan "competition" events.
In 1988, the National Wushu Sports Taijiquan Committee in China established
a sub-committee to develop a standard Sun style of Taijiquan hand form for use
as the international Sun Taijiquan competition form. The sub-committee was
led by the expert chairperson, Professor Men Hui-Feng (1936-) of
Beijing University. The sub-committee did a careful study of the original 98
movement hand form created by Grandmaster Sun Lu-Tang, and published in
his 1921 book titled "The Study of Taijiquan." The knowledgeable members of
this committee also consulted with Sun Lu-Tang's daughter, Sun Jian-Yun, and
with many other experts on and teachers of the Sun Lu Tang Style of
Taijiquan. The committee finished its research, created the new Sun 73
Taijiquan International Competition Form, obtained higher level review and
approvals, and finally published in 1991 the Sun 73 Taijiquan Competition Form,
in both print and media versions.
Nearly 74% of the movement sequences in the Sun Taijiquan International
Competition 73 Movements Form are identical to the original 1921 Sun
Taijiquan 98 Movement Form. Kicking remains about the same, although the
73 Form has a double jump kick (Movement #35) not found in the original 98
Form. For the main purpose of a standardized international competition form,
the new 1991 Sun Style Taijiquan 73 International Competition Form has been
judged by a number of martial arts experts as a reasonable and fair
representation of Sun Lu Tang's Taijiquan in terms of style, techniques used,
sequence, stances, postures, pace, and spirit.
"The Sun Style Competition Form was completed in 1991, in response to the
lack of uniformity in content and structure of the traditional routine when it
comes to competition. The competition form is, therefore, introduced with the
intention to standardize its movements and raise standards of Taijiquan
competition. It must be said that there has been a great deal of investigation,

research and consultation put into the process of compiling the form, as was
the case in compiling many other competition forms. This routine has been
favorably received by athletes, coaches and judges."
- Faye Yip (Li)

Standard Directional Scheme Used for Describing the Sun Style
Taijiquan 73 Form
Used By Mike Garofalo
Directional Instructions and Alternatives

Clock
Compass
Key Hour
Direction A
Direction

North 12:00 o'cl
N 12
Front Side of
ock
Body
NE 1

1:30
o'clock

Northeast

E3

3:00
o'clock

East - Right Side
of Body

SE 4

4:30
o'clock

Southeast

6:00
o'clock

South - Back
Side of Body

S6

SW
7

7:30
o'clock

Southwest

W9

9:00
o'clock

West - Left Side
of Body

NW
10

10:30
o'clock

Northwest

Section 1, Movements 1 - 10
Sun Style Taijiquan, 73 Movements Standard International
Competition Form

1. Wu Ji Becomes Tai Ji

(Wu Ji Bian Tai Ji)

无极变太极

Name: Commencing Form (Qi Shi : 起式), Wu Ji then Tai Ji, Standing in Wuji and
Opening Move, Commencing Form of Taiji (Taiji Qi Shi), A Study of Wu Ji and Tai
Ji. 无极变太极 : Wu Ji Bian Tai Ji : Wu Ji Becomes Tai Chi.
Begin at position 1a, with the waist facing N12. Relax (Sung), clear the mind,
find one's center and root, calm the spirit, be present here and now. Stand at
attention with the arms at the sides (1a). The heels are touching and the toes
are pointed outwards slightly, so that the feet make a V shape (1a). The crown
of the head is lifted. The shoulders are relaxed. Root and center oneself. This
(1a) is the position of Wuji.

Each differs slightly in how the movement is done.Description of movement sequence: Turn the right toe inward. The second leg steps with the toe. Movement #1. keeping them close to the body. and give its name as "Wu Ji Becomes Tai Ji. back toe near front heel. The knees are slightly bend. Bend the knees slightly (1c). push both hands forward towards NW11 (1e-1f). heel first (1d-1e) Draw the right toe forward until the right toe is next to and behind the left (1f). The right heel is lifted slightly. The back toe is placed so that it touches the ground next to and slightly behind the front foot. point the fingers more upward. The knees are slightly bent. Raise the hands up with the fingers pointing down (1b). Sun Taijiquan also begins with raising and lowering the hands." The first leg steps and the heel is placed first. and turn body towards NW11 (1a-1b). It is referred to as "Step and Follow Step" or "Follow Step. The waist and chest face in the direction of NW11. Shift the weight into the right leg (1d-1e) and step forward towards NW11 with the left foot. Draw the hands in towards the body. the primordial . The most popular Taijiquan forms begin with the movement called "raising hands and lowering" hands. I call positions 1a-1f. The torso is upright and poised. Most authorities identify position 1a with "Commencing Form" and with Movement #1. position 1a represents Wu Ji: the empty state. to about chest height with the finders pointing forward (1d-1e). The movement sequence from 1d-1f. Most authorities combine the movements 1b-1f with 2a-2e and call them all "Lazily Tying Clothes" (1b-2e). and lower the hands to the Dan Tien level (1c-1d). Lift both arms up. As the right leg moves forward. stepping forward with one leg and then following with the other leg is common in Sun Taijiquan." In my opinion. I differ from the authorities about what constitutes movements #1 and #2. or Movement #2. As as the hands move to about chest height (1b-1c) the fingers point forward (1c).

2. the typical opening move of raising the hands and lowering the hands of nearly all taijiquan forms. Movement #1. creation. the creation of complimentary forces." I also think that this opening movement. The rising up and stepping forward and pushing forward (1d-1f) represent: the power of the universe. Lazily Tying Back the Clothes. complexity. The body rises up and the hands circle up and down in positions 1b-1d. that is. lifting the hands as yang energy rises to create Heaven [1b] and lowering them [1d] as yin energy sinks to create Earth. the essential beginning of space/time/being. and the assertion of spirit. outside space and time. Leisurely Tying Clothes. the Grand Ultimate. the undifferentiated. This is how I interpret this sequence of moves. Wu Ji Becomes Tai Ji. you may also think that these movements (1b-1f) represent or are called or are part of "Lazily Tying the Clothes" (1b-1e). evolution. Lazily Tying Clothes (Lan Zha Yi) 懶扎衣 Name: Tuck in Robes (Lan Zha Yi). Returning to Wu Ji. Uniting Yin and Yang. saying "Yes" to life. the movements transform from posture to posture without pause. This is why I call this sequence (1a-1f) of movements "Wu Ji Becomes Tai Ji. the I Ching. "Creation and reversion are both expressed in Taiji quan forms. Edited by Livia Kohn. coordinates and blends well with the final two movements of the 73 Form. that which cannot be named. the five elements. of course. Movement #72. Oneness. Practitioners find stillness and return to formlessness [73c]. Like the creation of the myriad beings.Daoist Body Cultivation. Knowing of Sun Lu Tang's penchant for Taoist philosophy. and this lifts my spirits. Indeed. before the Big Bang. Beginnings. I am probably just lazily trying to tie some ideas around the body of a dance." . then move in symbolic separation of yin and yang. I think he might smile and have some sympathy with my fanciful ideas. p. Zero. I find it charming and meaningful. . Wu. the differentiation into Yin and Yang. and Movement #73. In the end.fecund condition. will and intention. the emergence of the ten-thousand things. motionlessness. the Bagua. the hands drop and the feet come together [72b]. emergence. the definitions of limits. Lazily Tying Clothes : Lan Zha Yi : 懶扎衣. which represents: the opening. the Tai Ji. Practitioners begin by standing motionless and being free of thought [1a]. 195. If you like. 2006.

Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 . then circling back and to the side and then striking forward with the palm along with a follow step (26d-26f) or (2c-2e). The left fingers touch the forearm of the right hand (2c). However. Description of movement sequence: From position 2a = 1f. The right hand faces up. heel first. other instances of Lazily Tying Clothes in the 73 Form. towards E3 (2d-2e). Pivot on the left heel. Many authorities say that the movement sequence of 1b-2e is all part of Lazily Tying Clothes. and left hand faces down (2c).Position 2a = 1f. As the weight moves into the right leg. and 45. then step back slightly with the right foot (2b) and position the right foot with toes facing E3. The movement from 2d-2e is one continuous and coordinated movement with right hand moving forward as the left foot follow steps. and place the right foot facing E3 (2c-2d). The arms circle in a clockwise manner at chest height from left to right about 240° (2a2c). the waist is facing E3. Step forward with the right leg. namely Movements 18. the right hand moves forward. 3. Follow step with the left toe (2d-2e). The right hand makes a small clockwise inward circle and is drawn to the chest (2c-2d). fingers up. rotate the arms at chest height in a clockwise manner towards the right side (2a-2c). 26. At position 2d. all look rather like 2a-2e with the addition of drawing the hands down before striking with the fingers (26b-26d).

and as the air in the balloon increases. the are from the inside tip of the index finger to the inside tip of the thumb] of each hand are in front of the shoulders. to bring the front of the body to face N12 (3b)." . Instructors vary in how much distance to keep between the feet when doing Opening and Closing Hands. and the thumbs point towards one another and are held about 2 inches apart (3b). Sun Lu Tang keeps his feet close together (3b). p. At position 3c. Move the hands apart until the tiger's mouth [i.e.Name: Open Hands (开手 : Kai Shou). 2003. In photos of Sun Lu Tang in position 3e. The hands are relaxed and the fingers are gently spread apart. at shoulder height. Move both hands to the left and bring the hands in front of body at chest height (3a-3b). as you breathe in through the nose. back straight. The knees are slightly bent. Sun Lu Tang says.A Study of Taijiquan. From 3a = 2e. Keep the fingers pointing up and palms facing each other. 90° counterclockwise. his left heel is slightly raised. Pause for a moment. and then gently move towards each other (3b) until both hands hands are separated by about 6-8 inches or about the width of your head (3b). Stop opening the hands when they are about shoulder width apart (3c). the waist is facing N12. Turn the right foot on the heel until both feet are facing N12 (3a-3b). The five fingers are separated. but other current 73 Form instructors have you keep both feet flat on the floor in Opening Hands. Fingers are pointing up (3b). Palms face each other (3b). turn the body to the left. 1924. 81. the hands are slowly moved apart. gently and slowly move the hands apart (3b-3c). Exhale gently through the nose while moving from 3a to 3b. and part of the essential transitional move between postures of the Sun Taijiquan Form. Keep your body standing tall. The two thumbs are about an inch or two away from the chest. while other instructors place the feet a comfortable distance apart (6" to . Opening Hands. The hands move from the side position (3a) until the hands are about shoulder width apart (3b). "The hands feel as if they are holding on to a balloon. Moving from 3b to 3c is the act of "Opening Hands" (Kai Shou) and is an essential qigong move of Sun Taijiquan. From position 3b.

Master Bruce Frantzis (Tai Chi Health for Life. Knees are slightly bent. and part of the essential transitional move between postures of the Sun Taijiquan Form. are quite complex. only a continuous inward flow toward a point of origination. Equally. find the central equilibrium. "Opening means to expand. Relax and settle.15"). Relax and settle." 4. Draw Hands Together.213-251) is a good source for starting to learn about these more advanced concepts in Tai Chi Chuan. Opening and closing actions can occur with any of the body's soft and hard physical tissues. aura. At position 4b. the waist is facing N12. Moving from 4a to 4b is the act of "Closing Hands" (He Shou) and is the essential qigong move of Sun Taijiquan. or force in the movement. Closing means to condense inwards. Breathe in through the nose when opening hands. pp. This movement is called Closing Hands (He Shou). Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (合手 : He Shou). . and get smaller along an inward direction of motion. Closing Hands. Closing carries no connotation of tension. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. grow larger." and their experiential correlates. Move the hands from about shoulder width apart (4a = 3e) to about 6-8 inches apart (4b). etc. Stand up straight. like the gravity flow of a black hole or dwarf star. like iron filings towards a magnet. Specifically.). as related to opening and closing (pp. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. Knees are slightly bent. Hold the head erect (3b-3c). or flow outwards and emanate like a sun. 2006. Gently breathe out through the nose when closing hands (4a-4b). contraction. points. opening and closing can occur anywhere within the body's subtle energy anatomy (channels. the complimentary concepts of "Opening" and "Closing. find the central equilibrium.238-243). Stand up straight. In Taijiquan. Hold the head erect.

82. in one smooth movement without pauses or breaks. Sun Shi Tai Chi 5. pivoting on the right heel like an axle. As you turn. 8/9. 46/47. Single Whip. 27/28. It makes it possible to control and adjust breathing and to accumulate the Shi (energy potential) in order to prepare for the next change. nor in Ba Gua or Xing Yi.In photos of Sun Lu Tang in position 4b. The palms of the hands are empty. There must not be the slightest use of force in the entire body. 15/16. 19/20. 1924. The hands close until the thumbs are about an inch apart. The right sole is placed flat on the ground and the left heel is lifted. The jing must be balanced. 2003." .Master Bob Melia. as they close back together. turn your body to the left. This Kai He appears with each connection and transition. Kai He (to open . with the ball of the foot on the ground. . This turning movement must be done with the qi united.A Study of Taijiquan. The legs are bent. Sun Lu Tang says. "Lift the right toes off the ground and. do not use brute force. and 63/64. turn your right toes inward until they point directly forward. p. and they maintain the position as if holding a ball. The Opening Hands (Kai Shou) and Closing Hands (He Shou) movements are repeated 9 times in the 73 Form at # 3/4. Single Whip Left (Dan Bian Zou) 单鞭左 Name: Single Whip Left (单鞭左 : Zou Dan Bian). but other current 73 Form instructors have you keep both feet flat on the floor in Closing Hands. "Sun Shi Tai Ji has a very specific figure. the two hands maintain the position as if holding a balloon." . 51/52. 42/43. Single Whip to the Left Side (Dan Bian Zhou).to close) which is found neither in other forms of Tai Ji. As you turn. his left heel is slightly raised.

The left hand circles upwards (6a-6b) to a position slightly above the head with the palm facing towards N12 (6b). in a left side bow stance. The left hand is about at forehead height. bringing it back next to the to the left foot (6a-6b) placing the right toe on the ground (6b). Single Whip always follows Opening Hands and Closing Hands (i. Step In and Lift Hands.. End in 5b with left leg bent with 70% of weight in left left. the right little finger facing forward. Raise Hands and Step Forward." 6. Step back to the right side towards W9 with the right foot. right hand towards E3 and left hand towards W9. the Single Whip always follows the movement called "Grasping the Sparrow's Tail.53. with the fingers of both hands pointing upward (5a-5b). The right fingers point downward (6b). In the Sun Style of Taijiquan. In the Yang Style of Taijiquan. Gaze at the right hand (5b). Lifting Hands (Ti Shou) 提手 Name: Lift Hands and Step Up (Ti Shou Shang Shi). and 65).e. Look first at the left hand. At position 6b. Both arms are extended at about shoulder height (5b). left palm open (6b). Open both of the the arms to sides. the waist is facing N12. . 29. palm facing N12. Lifting Hands (提手 : Ti Shou). At position 5b. the waist is facing N12. right thumb facing the Dan Tien.From position 4b = 5a. The right hand circles downward towards the waist (6a-6b). then at the right hand (5b). Movements 5. 21. 48. step out with left leg towards W9 (5a-5b).

The pressing up of the crown of the head (7b) must not .7.] The energy of the waist presses downward (7b). The left hand moves from the forehead (7a = 6b) along the mid-line of the body down to the waist (7b). the waist is facing N12. Use the intent to pull in the roots of the shoulders and legs. White Swan Cools Its Wings (Bai He Liang Chi) 白鹤凉翅 Name: White Crane Spreads Wings (白鹤凉翅 : Bai He Liang Chi). Whether advancing. Sun Lu Tang says. One must never "fall" into the foot when stepping out. the right foot simultaneously steps forward. Draw both hands to about chest height (7c) with the palms facing forward (7c). The feet should be spaced a comfortable distance apart. Follow step with the left foot to a left toe stance with the left foot slightly behind the right heel (7d). White Crane Flashing Its Wings: White Swan Cools Its Wings Slide the right hand up the body and raise it slightly above the head. [This method of stepping (7b-7d) is constant throughout the form. As you move the right foot forward. This energy must not be obvious externally. touching down on the heel. palms facing N12 (7d). the body remains upright and stable. Push forward with both hands. At position 7d. with the palm facing forward towards N12 (7a-7b). Step forward with the right heel (7b-7c). or stepping to the side. and then the body weight is gradually shifted to the stepping leg. the foot steps out first. Do not move the body or shift the weight as the right leg moves. Don't move the head up and down very much. with no movement of the hips or torso. the heel is placed down. "As the hands move. retreating.

" . the width of your head. Inhale gently through the nose as the hands open to about shoulder width (8b-8c). Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (合手 : He Shou). draw the hands in towards the chest and turn the palms to face one another (8b). the body is naturally stable.Sun Lu Tang. Relax and settle. the waist is facing N12.e. 8. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (开手 : Kai Shou)..8b. 1924. find the central equilibrium.be obvious [i. Move the hands together until they are about 6-8 inches apart. Exhale gently through the nose as you move from 7c . 85. Stand up straight. From 8a = 7d. A Study of Taijiquan. p. The center of the heart is empty and quiet. Opening Hands. 9. with the fingers facing up (8b). Hold the head erect. Closing Hands. Without thought. using too much force or tension]. . This is know as the wondrous mystery. Knees are slightly bent. At position 8c.

The thumbs of both hands point towards each other and are about 2 inches apart. Follow step with the right foot by drawing the right toe to a position behind and to the side of the left foot (10c). Gaze forwards to N12. From position 10a = 9b. . Brush Knee (Lou Xi) and Palm Strike. Turn the torso to the left as the right hand is draw at shoulder height past the face and in the direction of W9 (10b-10c). with the fingers facing up and the palms facing each other. Twist Step (Ao Bu). Look at the right hand (10b). At position 10c. as the right arm "Pushes" forward (10b-10c). and the eyes are looking in the direction of W9 (10c). then the left hand moves in a circle down and across the left thigh (10a-10b) . the waist is facing N12. 10. The left hand ends beside the left thigh. Step out with the left heel in the direction of W9. the waist is facing W9. draw the right arm in a circle down and up to point to NE 10 as you turn the waist to the left side (10a-10b). gently exhale as the hands move from about shoulder width (9a) to about 6-8 inches apart (9b). At position 9b.the classic "Brush Knee" movement. The left hand first moves so that the left fingers touch the right forearm as it moves towards NE10 (not shown in the illustration). The right hand is drawn up to about shoulder height (10b). Brush Left Knee and Twist Step. Brush Left Knee and Twist Step (Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu) 左搂膝拗步 Name: Left Brush Knee and Twist Step (左搂膝拗步 : Zou Lou Xi Ao Bu).From position 9a = 8d. palm facing down (10c).

Play the Guitar.20 Sun Style Taijiquan. .10 Section 2. 73 Movements Standard International Competition Form 11. Movements 11 . Movements 1 . Play the Lute.Sun Taijiquan 73 Form. Playing the Pi Pa. Hand Strums the Lute (Shou Hui Pi Pa) 手挥琵琶 Name: Hand Strums the Lute (手挥琵琶 : Shou Hui Pi Pa).

Advance. Deflect. Basically. At 12a = 11b. Parry and Punch. pointing forward. The left heel lifts so that only the left toe is on the ground (11b). assume a left empty stance (11b). we advance forward (12a-12e) towards W9 with four steps. curl . 12. Deflect. and the left hand moves forward with palm up. near the left upper forearm near the elbow. Then. at the same time. we begin by turning the left palm to face downward. the right hand moves back towards the body and ends with the right fingers. Parry and Punch. and the right hand moves forward and the hand turns over so that the palm faces down. As the right foot moves backward the left arm extends forward at about chest height with the fingers pointing forward (11b).From position 11a = 10c. Parry and Punch (进步搬拦捶 : Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui). and the left hand draws back into the waist and the left palm faces up. step forward with the left leg (12c-12d). and the right palm to face upward (12a). and. Step forward with the right foot (12b-12c). At position 11b. draw the right foot back towards E3 (11a-11b) and put more weight into the right foot. and the right hand moves backward towards the waist with the right palm turning down. As the weight settles into the left left. and Punch (Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui) 进步搬拦捶 Name: Advance. In this movement. Parry. Advance Step. the waist is facing W9.

the waist is facing W9. Withdraw and Seal. From the Punch position of 13a = 12e. At position 13b. Apparent Close Up (Ru Feng Si Bi) 如封似闭 Name: Apparent Close Up (如封似闭 : Ru Feng Si Bi). Finally step back a half step with the left toe. This movement (12a-12e) is done rather quickly and smoothly. Weight is in the back right leg. Keep in mind we are practicing Huo Bu Sun Taijiquan . without any bouncing or jerkiness. head up. thumb up. 12e 13. As the right punch is delivered the right foot follow steps to place the toe behind and at the side of the left heel (12e).The Active Step Sun Taijiquan. with right forearm finally resting on top of the left rounded arm. bring hands to about chest height (13b). the waist is facing W9. Step back with the right foot and draw the elbows into the body (13b). punch forward with the right fist. In the final stance the body should be upright.the left arm with palm facing inward at about chest height (12d-12e). Finally. At position 12e. . Appearing to Seal and Close. knees bent. separate both hands. palms facing forward towards W9.

but not too wide apart. turn clockwise to the right. The toes of both feet are on the same line. There should be a comfortable distance between the two feet. Move the hands together until they are about 6-8 inches apart. Carry Tiger and Push Mountain (Bao Hu Tui Shan) 抱虎归山 Name: Carry Tiger and Push Mountain (抱虎归山 : Bao Hui Tui Shan). Push (An) From the left toe stance of postion 14b = 13b. pivoting on the right heel.14. At position 14c. Push Mountain. Exhale gently through the nose as you move from 15a-15b. 14a =12a and 14b = 13b. the waist is facing N12. At position 8b. as the back right foot follow steps forward to place the right toe next to the left heel. The both arms push forward. step forward a half step with the left foot (14b-14c). and moving the left foot to the right (15a-15b). head up. 15. the width of your head. From 15a = 14c. The body is held upright. with the fingers facing . the waist is facing W9. looking towards W9. Opening Hands. Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (开手 :Kai Shou). Embrace Tiger. palms facing W9. at about chest height.

the waist is facing N12. Twist Step. Closing Hands. From position 16a = 15c. At position 16b. Inhale gently through the nose as the hands open to about shoulder width (15b-16c). find the central equilibrium. The thumbs of both hands point towards each other and are about 2 inches apart (16b). thumbs about two inches apart. Hold the head erect. Relax and settle. Withdrawing Hands. Stand up straight. find the central equilibrium. Hold the head erect. gently exhale as the hands move from about shoulder width (16a) to about 6-8 inches apart (16b). 17. Palm Strike with Left Strike. Brush Right Knee and Left Palm Strike. Breathe out through the nose when closing hands. At position 15c. Knees are slightly bent. Knees are slightly bent. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. with the fingers facing up and the palms facing each other. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. Relax and settle. Brush Knee. Brush Right Knee and Twist Step (You Lou Xi Ao Bu) 右搂膝拗步 Name: Right Brush Knee and Twist Step (右搂膝拗步 : You Lou Xi Ao Bu). 16. Brush Right Knee. . Stand up straight. the waist is facing N12. Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (合手 : He Shou).up (15b).

The left hand turns over. Lazily Tying Clothes (Lan Zha Yi) 懶扎衣 Name: Tuck in Robes (懶扎衣 : Lan Zha Yi): Leisurely Tying Clothes. and the right foot steps out to the side. and then stepping back with the right foot in a follow step move (18b-18c). Lazily Tying Back the Clothes. Step forward with the right foot (18c-18d). At position 17c. Follow step with the left foot. The left leg steps back (18a18b) as the arms are draw down to about waist level.From position 17a = 16b. The waist turns clockwise to the right side. with the left fingers pointing towards NE10 (17b). palm facing out. The body is now facing E3. at about chest height (18b). the hands flow in a downward arc. pushing in the direction of E3 (17b17c). palm up. the waist is facing E3. bringing the left toe to the side of the right heel (17b-17c). Lazily Tying Clothes. Look at the left hand (17b). From position 18a=17c. with the right palm facing down (18a-18b). The left hand the lifts upward to about shoulder height. the left fingers touching the right wrist. and the hands are . The right hand moves downward to about waist height and crosses over the left leg. Push forward with the left arm. palm up. with the toes pointing towards E3 (17a-17b). draw the right hand up from the right thigh to about shoulder height. 18. with the right palm facing down (17b).

Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (开手 : Kai Shou). such as Yang Style where bow stance is widely employed for postures.Fay Yip (Li). exhale (18c-18d). Single Whip always follows Opening Hands and Closing Hands (i.moved up and forward. In Yang Style. Then push both hands forward. Sun Style Taijiquan emphasizes the good control of balance between the transference of body weight so that all movements can be performed smoothly without a jerk. When you practice Sun Style movements. Inhale (18a-18b). "Another characteristic of the Sun Style is the stepping method: advancing or retreating steps are usually followed by a half step forwards or backwards. right palm facing E3. This is why Sun Style Taijiquan is also referred to as "open and close" Taiji. pause or sudden increase in speed. 48. right hand with palms up and left hand touching the right wrist. Grasping the Sparrow's Tail is always followed by Single Whip. inhale (18d-18e). Lazily Tying Clothes reminds me of the most frequently repeated movement in the Yang Style of Taijiquan. left fingers on the right wrist. Grasping the Sparrow's Tail is repeated 9 times in the Yang 108 Form and 2 times in the Standard Yang 24 Form. The Development and Practice of Sun Style 19. body and qi are in accord can you gain the power to generate and enhance the true qi and to heal. you will find the body weight is constantly shifted between the two legs." . 18e-18f reminds me of Push (An). circle the right and left hands in a small clockwise manner back towards the body as the left foot steps back and the right toe lifts (18d-18e). and exhale (18e-18f). . 21. Movements 5. 29.53. 18d is reminiscent of Press (Ji). This is different from other styles of Taijiquan.e. that is "Grasping the Sparrow's Tail" sans "Ward Off (Peng)" (18a). Finally. Finally. while in Sun Style.. or "nimble step" Taiji. The waist is facing E3 throughout this sequence (18a-18f). 18b-18c corresponds to Roll Back (Lu). and 65). Opening Hands. bringing the left toe next to the right heel (18e18f). while Lazily Tying the Clothes is repeated 6 times in the Sun Taijiquan 73 Form. and follow step with the left leg. and then follow stepping with the left leg as the right fingers strike forward (18c-18d). It is important to understand that only when the mind.

Hold the head erect. the waist is facing N12. Exhale gently through the nose as you move from 19a-19b. Beginning from the open hands position (20a = 19c). Knees are slightly bent. and moving the right foot to the left (19a-19b). Both hands are comfortably close to the body (20b). Stand up straight. thumbs about two inches apart. Shoulders are slightly . Stand up straight. Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (合手 : He Shou). The fingers are pointed upwards and separated. the waist is facing N12. Relax and settle. breathe out gently through the nose while you are closing your hands (20a-20b). Move the hands together until they are about 6-8 inches apart. The feet are close together. find the central equilibrium. Hold the head erect. At position 19b. 20. Bring the thumbs together until they are about two inches apart (20b).From 19a = 19a. Closing Hands. but not too wide apart (19b). turn counter-clockwise to the left. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. The fingers are about 6-8 inches apart. Inhale gently through the nose as the hands open to about shoulder width (19b-19c). the width of your head. The toes of both feet are on the same line. pivoting on the left heel. There should be a comfortable distance between the two feet. At position 19c. with the fingers facing up (19b). and thumbs are open.

the waist is facing N12.20 Section 3.rounded inward.30 Sun Style Taijiquan. 73 Movements Standard International Competition Form 21. Knees are slightly bent. At position 20b. Movements 11 . find the central equilibrium. Sun Taijiquan 73 Form. Relax and settle. Movements 21 . Single Whip Left (Dan Bian Zou) 单鞭 左 .

Radical Taiji: The Rising Sun of Taiji In the Sun Taijiquan Style. while in the Yang Taijiquan Style. Single Whip. 21." In this position. 22. The palms face each other. Single Whip always follows Opening Hands and Closing Hands (i." the sensation of qi in the hands. During "Opening Hands" (19a) the energy ball is expanded with an inhalation. the body is posed similar to wu ji (empty stance) .Gene Ching.a basic posture in xingyi.53. center the practitioner and harmonize the movements with the breathing. and 65). Fist Under Elbow (Zhou Di Kan Chui) 肘底捶 Name: Fist Under Elbow (肘底捶 : Zhou Di Kan Chui). Left Single Whip." the energy ball is compressed and made denser. like a collapsing star. "Single Whip" (21b) always follows a sequence of two movements (19c. 29. Movements 5.e. "Single Whip" (21b) expands the energy ball once more. 48. .Name: Single Whip Left (单鞭 左 : Dan Bian Zou). so that it engulfs the entire body. the Single Whip always follows the Grasping the Sparrow's Tail movement sequence. as they open and then close. the waist is facing N12. 20b) called "Opening Hands" and "Closing Hands. At position 21b. during "Closing Hands (20b).. This movement is a variation on taiji practices that visualize the "energy ball. These movements are used to cultivate theqi. 21a = 20b." .

Repulse Monkey Left Side (倒撵猴左 : Dao Nian Hou Zou). 24. The classic 98 form adds more postures to Step Back and Whirl Arms/Repulse Monkey (movements 23 and 24). 23. the waist is facing SE5. Repulse Monkey Left (Dao Nian Hou Zou) 倒撵猴左 Name: Left Step Back and Whirl Arms (Dao Juan Gong Zou). At position 22b.22a = 21b. Repulse Monkey Right Side (倒撵猴右 : Dao Nian Hou You). At position 23c. 23a = 22b. Repulse Monkey Right (Dao Nian Hou You) 倒撵猴右 Name: Right Step Back and Whirl Arms (You Dao Juan Gong). the waist is facing W9. The Sun Taijiquan Competition 73 Form follows the Classic Sun Taijiquan 98 Form fairly closely from movement 1 until movement 23 of the 73 Form. .

Brush Left Knee and Right Palm Strike. 25.24a = 23c. . the waist is facing NE1. Lazily Tying Clothes. Leisurely Tying Clothes (懶扎衣左 : Lan Zha Yi Zou). Brush Knee. Lazily Tying Back the Clothes. Brush Left Knee. Brush Knee and Push. At position 24c. Right Palm Strike. 26. the waist is facing W9. 25a = 24c. Left Brush Knee and Twist Step (左搂膝拗步 : Zou Lou Xi Ao Bu). Brush Left Knee (Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu) 左搂膝拗步 Name: Twist Step. Lazily Tying Clothes Left (Lan Zha Yi Zou) 懶扎衣左 Name: Tuck in Robes (Lan Zha Yi). At position 25c.

27a = 26f. Knees are slightly bent. Relax and settle. find the central equilibrium. like the floating clouds and the flowing water. the waist is facing W9. Hold the head erect. . When practicing. "The main technical characteristics of the competition routine of Sun style Tai Ji Quan are as follows: The postures are high and the footwork is agile." . 27.The Competition Routine of Sun Style Taijiquan. Opening Hands. the rhythm is natural and lively. agile and light. Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (开手 : Kai Shou). the body is centered and upright. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. the waist is facing N12. At position 27c. 4. Stand up straight. Breathe in through the nose when opening hands. the movements are filled with the internal strength with the hardness embedded in softness.At position 26f. the speed is smooth and tender. 2003. pay attention to the coordination of the advancing and retreating of the footwork and the use of the movement of opening and closing the hands to connect each turning. p.

29. find the central equilibrium. . the waist is facing N12. 28a = 27c. Breathe out through the nose when closing hands. 30. Hold the head erect. At position 28b. Relax and settle. the waist is facing N12. Single Whip Right (Dan Bian You) 单鞭右 Name: Right Single Whip (You Dan Bian Shou): Single Whip Right Side (单鞭右 : Dan Bian You). In position 28b. 28b = 29a. Cloud Hands Right (Yun Shou You) 云手右 Name: Right Wave Hands Like Clouds (You Yun Shou). Stand up straight.28. At position 29b. Waving Hands Like Clouds to the Right. Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (合手 : He Shou). Closing Hands. the waist is facing N12. Cloud Hands Right (云手 右 : Yun Shou You). Knees are slightly bent. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward.

30a = 29b. At position 30f. the waist is facing N12.30 . Movements 21 . Sun Taijiquan 73 Form.

From 31b. and very much unlike Yang style "High Pat on Horse. High Pat on the Horse. Pat a High Horse (高探马 :Gao Tan Ma). Bring the left hand forward towards NE2." 32.40 31. Pat the Big Horse on the Back.Section 4. Position 31a = 30f. palm open. palm open. and bringing the left hand. towards the right arm (31b-31d for legs. Toe Kick Left. Higher Horse. 31b-31c for arms). facing NE2. Movements 31 . step back with the right leg diagonally towards SW7. Kick Left Foot (Zuo Jiao) 左脚 Name: Left Toes Kick. the waist is facing NE2. Left Separation Kick (左分脚 : Zuo Fen Jiao). High Pat on Horse (Gao Tan Ma) 高探马 Name: Search High on the Horse. as the right had extends toward NE2. This stance looks like the Yang style "Separate Hands" ("Left Play the Pipa"). and position 31b = 30g. bring the left foot back slightly to a left empty toe stance and settle the weight into the right leg and sit back somewhat (31c-31d). At position 31d. Kick Left Foot (左脚 : Zuo Jiao) . and the right hand back to alongside the left elbow.

the waist is facing E3. At position 33d. Kick Right Foot (右脚 :You Jiao) Postion 33a = 32d. The left foot kicks in the direction of NE2. 34. At position 32d. Right Separation Kick (右分脚 : You Fen Jiao). Kick Right Foot (You Jiao) 右脚 Name: Right Toes Kick. Step. the waist is facing E4.Position 32a = 31d. This is a left toe tick. Toe Kick Right. The right foot kicks more in the direction of SE5. Step Forward and Punch Down (Jian Bu Da Chui) 进步栽锤 Name: Jump Step and Punch Down (Jian Bu Da Chui). Step Forward and Punch Down. 33. Punch Low. .

High kick with right foot in the direction of W9. At position 35e. Diagonal Subdue Tiger (Xie Fei Ke Hu) 斜飞克虎 Name: Hand Defense and Tame the Tiger (Pi Shen Fu Hu). . Hop. the waist is facing in the direction of W9. At position 34e. Turn. Diagonal Subdue Tiger. Position 35a = 34e. Hop. Strike. the waist is facing the earth. Turn Over Body and Double Jump Kick 其二脚 (Fan Shen Qi Er Jiao) 翻身 Name: Turn Over Body and Double Jump Kick (Fan Shen Er Qi Jiao). Turn. 35. and the head is pointing to E3. 36. Double Jump Kick. Turn Body and Straddle the Tiger.Position 34a = 33d. Jump Kick.

a high fast kick. At position 37c.Position 36a = 35e. Spin. Heel kick with left foot. Left Heel Kick .(Zuo Fen Jiao) 右分脚 Name: Toe Kick Left (Zuo Fen Jiao). in the direction of W9. Toe Kick Left . 38. Spin. Position 7a = 36d. Kick with Left Foot. Right Heel Kick (Zhuan Shen You Deng Jiao) 转身右蹬脚 Name: Turn Body and Heel Kick (Zhuan Shen You Deng Jiao). the waist is facing N12. the waist is facing W9. 37. At position 36d. . Right Heel Kick. Separation Kick to the Left.

Kick with right heel in the direction of W9. and straight and centered. move right hand forward with palm up.Yang Yang. "The principles of posture and body alignment for Taiji form practice are fundamentally the same as for all qigong exercises. 82. 4) Avoid an excessively low stance. follow step with the left foot. 5) Understand the importance and function of turning the waist. move left hand with palm down to height of right elbow. Parry and Punch. When stepping move forward in the W9 direction. 2005. Turn clockwise 180 degrees. Step right foot forward. Step forward with the right foot in W9 direction. Advance Step. As the right foot steps forward the right hand is drawn into a ward off position about chest height. left hand forward palm up. and the left hand makes a fist and punches forward above left forearm." . At position 38d. Thus the principles of posture for standing meditation [#1] apply to form movement as well. 39.Position 38a = 37c." 3) Keep central equilibrium. Parry and Punch (Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui) 进步搬拦捶 Name: Advance. Step Forward to Deflect Downwards. The following principles are additional considerations in practicing Taiji form movement: 1) Keep a relaxed. p. natural posture. and the right hand with palm down at the height of the left elbow. . Advance. Step forward with the left foot in W9 direction. the waist is facing SW7. Parry and Punch. Taijiquan. 2) Keep the "five bows. Deflect. At position 39d. the waist is facing W9. Both hands make a fist. Parry and Punch (Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui).

40. Apparent Closing Up. Appearing to Seal and Close. Apparent Close Up (Ru Feng Si Bi) 如封似闭 Name: Apparent Close Up (Ru Feng Si Bi). .

the waist is facing W9.At position 40c. .

Stand up straight. Knees are slightly bent. Hold the Tiger. At position #43 . Brush Left Knee and Twist Step (Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu) 左搂膝拗步 . find central equilibrium. Turn the body counterclockwise to the right 90 degrees. Relax and settle.. find the central equilibrium. Breathe in through the nose when opening hands.. Embrace the Tiger and Push the Mountain. 43.. the waist is facing S6. Hold the head erect. Knees are slightly bent. 44. Opening Hands. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. the waist is facing W9. Breathe out through the nose when closing hands. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. the waist is facing S6.50 41. Push the Mountain. Carring the Tiger and Pushing the Mountain.. Stand up straight.Section 5. Movements 41 . 42.. Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (He Shou). Carry Tiger and Push Mountain (Bao Hu Gui Shan) 抱虎归山 Name: Carry Tiger and Push Mountain (Bao Hu Tui Shan). Relax and settle. At position #41 . Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (Kai Shou). At position #42 . Closing Hands.. Hold the head erect.

Closing Hands. At position #45e .Name: Left Brush Knee and Twist Step (Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu)... Opening Hands. Hold the head erect. Breathe in through the nose when opening hands. Knees are slightly bent. drawing left hand down with palm down and right hand touches left hand. Single Whip. the waist is facing E3. Leisurely Tying Clothes. Diaongal Single Whip (Dan Bian). Diagonal Single Whip (Xie Dan Bian) 斜单鞭 Name: Oblique Single Whip (Xie Dan Bian). At position #45e . the waist is facing NE2. Hold the head erect. Knees are slightly bent. the waist is facing NE2. Step back with right foot. 45.. At position #46 . 47. and right hand on left wrist.. Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (Kai Shou). push left hand forward and settle wrist for left hand palm strike.. Relax and settle. find the central equilibrium. Brush Knee and Push. follow step with right foot. At position #44 . 46. 48.. Step forward with left foot. the waist is facing NE2. Step back with right foot. attack jab with fingers of left hand with palm up. Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (He Shou). Stand up straight. Slant Single Whip. Turn the body counterclockwise and step with left foot to NE2. the waist is facing E3. follow step with left foot. Stand up straight. . Breathe out through the nose when closing hands. Relax and settle. follow step forward with right foot. find central equilibrium. Lazily Tying Clothes (Lan Zha Yi) 懶扎衣 Name: Tuck in Robes (Lan Zha Yi).. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. Brush Knee and Twist Step Left.. draw left hand with palm up in a counterclockwise arc at shoulder height... Lazily Tying Back the Clothes. Turn slightly clockwise to face E. right hand on left wrist. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. At position #47 . Lazily Tying Clothes.

Movements 51 . Parting the Wild Horse's Mane (Ye Ma Fen Zong) 野马分鬃 Name: Parting the Wild Horse's Mane (Ye Ma Fen Zong). the waist is facing N12. Opening Hands. Knees are slightly bent. 52.. Part Wild Horse's Mane. Closing Hands. Breathe in through the nose when opening hands. At position #50f .... the waist is facing E3. the waist is facing E3. the waist is facing NE2. Both arms open gracefully into single whip position.. 49. . Lazily Tying Back the Clothes. Lazily Tying Clothes (Lan Zha Yi) 懶扎衣 Name: Tuck in Robes (Lan Zha Yi). 50. Section 6. At position #48b . Breathe out through the nose when closing hands. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. Relax and settle. Hold the head erect. Stand up straight. Stand up straight. End by looking at left hand.. Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (Kai Shou). Knees are slightly bent. At position #49d . Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (He Shou). Hold the head erect.. Palms facing out and fingers held upward.. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward.60 51. find the central equilibrium. At position #51 .Step with right foot to E4. Leisurely Tying Clothes. Lazily Tying Clothes.

53. step out with left leg and extend left arm in Fan Through Back (#57e). the waist is facing W9... Golden Rooster Stands on Left Leg at position 56b. Basically a Brush Left KneeAt position #55c . the waist is facing N12. find the central equilibrium. Move to the left towards W9. Cloud Hands Left. the waist is facing W9. Brush left knee and reach down to Pick Up the Needle from the Bottom of the Sea (#57d). Bring left foot closer to right foot. Waist facing W9.. Golden Rooster Stands on Right Leg at position 56d. 55... At position #54f . Fan Through the Back (Shan Tong Bei) 扇通背 Name: Deflect Through the Back (Shan Tong Bei). Waving Hands Like Clouds and Lowering Hands. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg (Jin Ji Du Li) 金鸡独立 Name: Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg (Jin Ji Du Li). the waist is facing N12. Pivot 180º.Relax and settle. Step with right foot to the right side. Single Whip Left (Dan Bian Zou) 单鞭 左 Name: Left Single Whip (Zuo Dan Bian)... Rooster Stands on One Leg. Lowering. At position #56d . 57. Fan Back. Single Whip to Left Side At position #53 . the waist is facing N12. 56. Cloud Hands. step out with right leg and extend right arm in Fan Through Back . Lowering (Yun Shou Xia Shi) 云手下势 Name: Wave Hands Like Clouds and Push Down (Yun Shou Xia Shi)... At position #52 . Fan Through the Back. Waving Hands Like Clouds Left.. At position #56b . Step back with left leg (#57a). Cloud Hands. then with right leg (#57b). Raise up. 54. Cloud Hands Left (Yun Shou Zou) 云手左 Name: Left Wave Hands Like Clouds (Zuo Yun Shou). the waist is facing W9...

At position #57f . waist facing NW10 at #58h.. Swinging Lotus Kick (Shi Zi Shou Shen Bai Lian Jiao). Cross Hands and Slap Kick (Shi Zi Shou Pai Jiao) 十字手拍 脚 Name: Cross Hands. waist facing NE2 at #58b. High Pat on Horse. waist facing SE5 at #58f. right hand at chest. facing W9 at #60a. Movements 61 . At position #60d .. Fair Lady Working at the Shuttles.. 60. Level Hands. the waist is facing W9. Higher Horse. the waist is facing NW10. Pat Kicking Right Foot... Section 7.. High Pat on Horse (Gao Tan Man) 高探马 Name: Search High on the Horse. Step Forward.. Right hand high at head. Punch Groin (Jian Bu Zhi Dang Chui) 进步指裆捶 . Left hand high at head. Kick high with right foot and pat foot with left hand. 58. Right hand at face. 59. Cross Hands and Patting Foot. Beautiful Lady Works the Loom.73 61. Turn Cross Hands. At position #59 . facing E3 at 60b. Left hand high at head.. Right hand over left hand at chest height. At position #58h . Pat the High Horse. left hand at chest. waist facing NW10 at #58d. Hands crossed at 60b. Cross Hands and Kick. Jade Lady Works the Shuttles (Yu Nu Chuan Suo) 玉女穿梭 Name: Jade Girl Working the Shuttles (Yu Nu Chuan Suo). left hand forward at chin.(#57f). right hand at chest. the waist is facing E2. the waist is facing NW10.

67. Lazily Tying Clothes.. Stepping.. 65. 64. 63. First left foot step at #61a. Breathe in through the nose when opening hands. Closing Hands (He Shou) 合手 Name: Close Hands (He Shou). Breathe out through the nose when closing hands. Opening Hands (Kai Shou) 开手 Name: Open Hands (Kai Shou). the waist is facing E3. At position #64 . Stepping forward three steps and then punching low.. the waist is facing N12. Stand up straight. Third left foot step at #61d. the waist is facing E3. 62. Lazily Tying Clothes (Bu Lan Zha Yi) 步懶扎衣 Name: Lively Step and Leisurely Tying Clothes... Knees are slightly bent.. Relax and settle. Tuck in Robes (Lan Zha Yi). Hold the head erect. find the central equilibrium. the waist is facing N12. Lazily Tying Back the Clothes. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward. Toe stance left foot and draw fists to waist at #62b with waist facing E3.. Relax and settle. Single Whip and Lowering Down (Dan Bian Xia Shi) 单鞭 下势 Single Whip and Lowering Movement. Punch to groin with right fist at #61d. Knees are slightly bent. Shoulders are slightly rounded inward.. Opening Hands.Step Forward and Punch Down : Jian Bu Da Chui : 进步栽锤 Forward Step to Punch Groin. Hold the head erect.. Stand up straight. find the central equilibrium. Leisurely Tying Clothes. Step Up to the Seven Stars (Shang Bu Qi Xing) 上步七星 . At position #61d . At position #63 . Closing Hands. the waist is facing N12. 66. At position #66 .. Second right foot step at #61c. At position #62g .. the waist is facing W9. Single Whip Left (Dan Bian Zou) 单鞭 At position #65 ..

and 63/64. Step Back and Ride the Tiger (Tui Bu Kua Hu) 退步跨虎 At position #68b . 46/47.. Uniting Yin and Yang Yin and Yang Merging Into One. 42/43. General Remarks Sun Style Taijiquan. Seven Stars. Bend the Bow and Shoot the Tiger (Wan Gong She Hu) 弯弓射虎 At position #70b . At position #73b . the waist is facing SW8.. Swinging Lotus Kick (Zhuan Shen Bai Lian) 转身摆莲 At position #69b . If you wish to start from another direction. 73 Movements Standard International Competition Form By Michael P.. Double Crashing Fists Strike 捶捶 (Shuang Zhuang Quan Chui) 双撞 At position #71b . 69. The Opening Hands (Kai Shou) and Closing Hands (He Shou) movements are repeated 9 times in the 73 Form at # 3/4. East = 3:00. Turn Body. 71. At position #72c .. 72. 19/20. 73... 51/52. the waist is facing N12. the waist is facing N12. 15/16. the waist is facing SW8. Garofalo I have adopted a directional scheme to use when describing Taijiquan movements: North is at the 12:00 o'clock position. 68. the waist is facing W9.. 70. the waist is facing W9. the waist is facing W9.. Returning to Wu Ji (Fan Hui Wu Ji) 返回无极 Closing Form. . South = 6:00... and West = 9:00... 27/28.. consult the alternative directional schemes provided elsewhere.Forward Step. At position #67 .. 8/9.

In comparison. of course. and then like Sun style Taijiquan did. Master Men Hui-Feng. "Fan Through the Back" (#57e). Master Chen Zenglei performs the traditional Chen Taijiquan Old Frame First Form. In the end. many of the moves. is performed in a way that is the same. [One must not. and 62. 26. The Leisurely Tying Clothes movement is a Hao family and then Sun Lu Tang Taijiquan replacement for the Yang and Wu Yu Xiang Taijiquan movement called "Grasping the Sparrow's Tail. forget the bitterness of many traditional martial artists because of the excesses of the Maoist Communist Cultural Revolution in the 1960's.. 18. is a move into "formlessness. except for the width of the stance. e. Practitioners of the Yang and/or Chen styles of Taijiquan should not assume that a movement in the Sun style of Taijiquan. did not agree with some of the sequencing and the inclusion of a few of the moves found in the Sun 73 competition form (e. 50. Madame Sun Jian Yun.. in 13:46 minutes.. has nothing in common with "Repulse Monkey" in the Yang style. or. did not endorse the new 73 Sun Form. 74 movements.g. note the marked difference between "Parting the Wild Horse's Mane" in Yang style and Sun Style (#49). "Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg' (#56). with the same name." A movement called "Lazily Tying Clothes" is also found in Chen Taijiquan. and Sun Lu Tang's master level expertise in Hsing I Quan. #35).The Lazily Tying Clothes or Tuck in Robes (Lan Zha Yi. performs the entire Sun Taijiquan 73 Form in 5:42 minutes. and Wudang Qigong. 2006. etc. p. high jump kick. 懶扎衣) movement sequence is repeated 6 times in the 73 Form at # 2. it is called "Flowing Steps Taijiquan" (Huo Bu Jia Taijiquan) or "Active Step Taijiquan" (Huo Bu Taijiquan). Madame Sun Jian Yun. and the .g." Sun style Taijiquan was created by Sun Lu Tang (1861-1933) as a blend of the Wu Yu-xiang style of Taijiquan from Hao Wei Chen (1849-1920) who taught Sun Lu Tang in 1911. and most people I have seen demonstrate the Sun 73 Taijiquan Form do it in under 6 minutes. The Sun Style Taijiquan 73 Form is performed at a faster pace than other styles of Taijiquan. I think the radical divergence of the Sun Taijiquan from the Chen. the movement "Step Back and Whirl Arms #23" sometimes called "Repulse Monkey #23" in the Sun 73 Form. Yang and Wu Taijiquan foundations is what led Master Jou Tsung Hwa to argue that to go beyond Wu Style Taijiquan as Wu (Hao) Taijiquan did. However. and a few others. who led the effort to develop the Sun 73 Form. For example. which combined Hao tai chi with ba gua and hsing-i. Bagua Quan. are somewhat similar to Yang style. and a few others. 45. "Brush Knee" (#10).177) that "The combination styles that you are most likely to find in the West are the Sun style." I think that Master Bruce Frantzis is correct in calling the Sun Style of Taijiquan a "Combination Style" when he says (Tai Chi: Health for Life. Thus.

overall. and are largely performed in the same way. 54 movements of the 73 form are in the same sequence as the 98 form.suspicions and resistance of some to governmental Wushu standardization. the new 73 Sun Style Taijiquan Form has been judged by a number of martial arts experts as a reasonable and fair representation of Sun Lu Tang's Taijiquan in terms of style.] However. techniques. general sequencing. and spirit. A substantial percentage of the Sun Taijiquan 73 Competition Form is identical to the original Sun Taijiquan 98 Form in sequencing. for the main purpose of a standardized international competition form. Return to the Main Index for this Webpage .