Fast Tai Chi Chuan

 

Scissor Push


Tai Chi Chuan is mostly known for its slow and soft movements. But it's clear for anyone, who has seen Tai Chi used as self-defence, that the slow movements gives great strength and speed. It can be very useful to practice the movements in Tai Chi fast. Tai Chi has from the beginning been practiced both slow and fast. The first set that the Chen family taught changed in pace with explosive movements, long jumps and stamping in the ground. When the Yang family began to teach more openly, they saw a need for a form, which was easily learned for the beginner, the sick and the weak. Many of those who began to study Tai Chi, did for the purpose of getting a better health. The Yang Style as it's being taught today, do not have any explosive and fast movements, all though the fighting techniques are still intact. In the same way has the Chen Style become both easier and shorter, but there are still some explosive movements. When the student had been with his teacher for some years and had become strong and flexible from the slow movements of Tai Chi, the teacher gradually began to teach two-persons forms, fast forms and weapons.

Those forms are rarely seen, simply because they are only being taught to advanced students. The Yang family had several hundred students and they couldn't all be good. So today the fast forms are only being taught by teachers, who represents a direct line from the great masters.

Master Kai-Ying Tungs (Dong Jiying) grandfather, Tung Ying-Chieh (Dong Yingjie), made two fast forms, which master Kai-Ying Tung teaches to very serious and persistent students. The first fast form consists of the same sequence as in the slow form, it is just performed quicker (2-3-minutes), and with Fa jing (explosive energy). Some movements are performed slightly differently. Some with long jumps, which makes its possible to get quickly close to the opponent, and with stamping in the ground, which makes the kicks powerful. Just as in the slow Tai Chi you take long steps, but the arm movements are smaller and more compact. The first movement, "Embrace peacocks tail", has in the fast version these jumps and stamps.

The arms are also different, they makes a siccor-like movement and ends with a push, where the fingers are pointing straight forward. The movement still have the basic parts Ward-off, pull and push. The fast form is not only for the younger people, all though they are very dynamic. "In China" master Tung says "the elder people also like to learn the fast forms, even though they don't want to learn how to fight. It improves their concentration and gives them lots of energy". He advice not to learn the fast form to early. "Many, who sees the fast form, would like to learn it at once. But they should wait a few years until they are confident with the slow form."

 

Names of the movements in Fast Tai Chi Chuan

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  1. Opening Movement - Yu Bei Shi
  2. Grasp and Tuck In The Gown - Lan Chieh
  3. Singel Whip - Dan Bian
  4. White Crane Spreads Its Wings - Bai He Liang Chi
  5. Brush Left Knee and Push - Zuo Lou Xi Niu Bu
  6. Playing The Guitar - Shou Hui Pipa
  7. Brush Left Knee and Push - Zuo Lou Xi Niu Bu
  Brush Right Knee and Push - You Lou Xi Niu Bu
  Brush Left Knee and Push - Zuo Lou Xi Niu Bu
  8. Playing The Guitar - Shou Hui Pipa
  9. Brush Left Knee and Push - Zuo Lou Xi Niu Bu
10. Jumping And Punch Down - Tiao Pu Pan Lan Chui
11. Retreat and Seal - Ru Feng Si Bi
12. Carry The Tiger To The Mountain - Bao Hu Gui Shan
13. Fist Under The Elbow - Zhou Di Kan Chui
14. Repulse The Monkey - Dao Nian Hou
15. Slantely Flying - Xie Fei Shi
16. White Crane Spreads Its Wings - Bai He Liang Chi
17. Brush Left Knee and Push - Zuo Lou Xi Niu Bu
18. Needle At The Bottom Of The Sea - Hai Di Zhen
19. Raise Arms and Push - Shan Tong Bi
20. Fist At Waist - Pie Shen Chui
21. Step Forward And Punch - Shang Bu Ban Lan Chui
22. Grasp and Tuck In The Gown - Lan Chieh
23. Single Whip - Dan Bian
24. Wave Hands Like Clouds - Yun Shou
25. Single Whip - Dan Bian
26. High Pat On Horse - Gao Tan Ma
27. Kick To The Right - You Fen Jiao
28. Kick To The Left - Zuo Fen Jiao
29. Turn and Kick With The Left Foot - Zhuan Shen Zuo Fen Jiao
30. Brush Left Knee and Push - Zuo Lou Xi Niu Bu
  Brush Right Knee and Push - You Lou Xi Niu Bu
31. Step Forward and Punch Downward - Jin Bu Zai Chui
32. Turn Around, Step Up, Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch - Zhuan Shen Shang Bu Ban Lan Chui
33. Kick With The Right Foot - Shen You Deng Jiao
34. Strike The Tiger - Da Hu Shi
35. Kick With The Left Foot - Shen Zuo Deng Jiao
36. Turn Around and Kick With The Right Foot - Zhuan Shen Zuo Fen Jiao
37. Jumping And Punch Down - Tiao Pu Pan Lan Chui
38. Retreat and Seal - Ru Feng Si Bi
39. Carry The Tiger To The Mountain - Bao Hu Gui Shan
40. Diagonal Single Whip - Xie Dan Bian
41. Seperate The Wild Horses Mane - Yeh Ma Fen Zong
42. Grasp and Tuck In The Gown - Lan Chieh
43. Single Whip - Dan Bian
44. Fair Lady Works At The Shuttle - Yu Nü Chuan Suo
45. Grasp and Tuck In The Gown - Lan Chieh
46. Wave Hands Like Clouds - Yun Shou
47. Single Whip - Dan Bian
  Single Whip Lower Posture - Dan Bian Xia Shi
48. Golden Cock Stands On One Leg and Kicks - Jin Ji Du Li Jiao
49. Repulse The Monkey - Dao Nian Hou
50. Slantely Flying - Xie Fei Shi
51. White Crane Spreads Its Wings - Bai He Liang Chi
52. Needle At The Bottom Of The Sea - Hai Di Zhen
53. Raise Arms and Push - Shan Tong Bi
54. Fist At Waist - Pie Shen Chui
55. Step Forward And Punch - Shang Bu Ban Lan Chui
56. Grasp and Tuck In The Gown - Lan Chieh
57. Single Whip - Dan Bian
58. Wave Hands Like Clouds - Yun Shou
59. Single Whip - Dan Bian
60. High Pat On Horse - Gao Tan Ma
61. Show The Left Palm - Dai Chuan Zhang
62. Turn And Make The Single Lotus Kick - Zhuan Shen Shi Zi Bai Lian
63. Brush Knee and Punch Low - Jin Bu Zhi Dang Chui
64. Grasp and Tuck In The Gown - Lan Chieh
65. Single Whip - Dan Bian
  Single Whip Lower Posture - Dan Bian Xia Shi
66. Step Up and Cross Hands - Shang Bu Qi Xing Chui
67. Retreat To Ride The Tiger - Tui Bu Kua Hu
68. Turn Around And Make The Double Lotus Kick - Zhuan Jiao Bai Lian
69. Shoot The Tiger With The Bow - Wan Gong She Hu
70. Jumping And Punch Down - Tiao Pu Pan Lan Chui
71. Retreat and Seal - Ru Feng Si Bi
72. Cross Hands - Shi Zi Shou
73. Ending Movement - He Taiji

 

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