All of the truly verifiable history of tai chi date back to Chen Village in the 1700s and the first records of the Old Frame First Road (Lao Jia Yi Lu).

 

 

 

 

In a recent workshop with Chen Zhenglei he presented the Old Frame in a manner that caught the significance of the overall form by breaking it down into digestible sections.  It was an eye-opening explanation of the purpose of each section and how they tie together.

Learning the tai chi long form takes a while but it is a worthy pursuit because the payoff is huge.  The tai chi long form is the equivalent to a moving Tai Chi Long FormBible.  It is the culmination of thousands of years work by many contributors.  Those who have this “bible” can focus on a myriad of topics such as health (qi, meridians, flexibility, agility), martial applications (strikes, kicks, locks), culture (history, language, movement names), or philosophy.

Teachers and students alike have the challenge ahead of them to learn the entire sequence but the sections and explanations below create small successes and better understanding.

CHEN FAMILY TAIJIQUAN

Old Frame First Path — Lao Jia Yi Lu — 老架一路

Tai Chi Long Form Section 1

Character:  The first section is made up of 15 movements set out in a very clear path.  There is a clear transition between empty and full legs and you settle into each posture and pause before moving on.

1. Preparation Form — Tai Ji Chu Shi — 太極初勢

2. Vajra Pounds Mortar — Jin Gang Dao Dui — 金刚捣碓

3. Grasp and Tuck Clothes — Lan Zha Yi — 懒扎衣

4. Six Sealing, Four Closing — Liu Feng Si Bi — 六封四闭

5. Dan Tian Change — Dan Bian — 单鞭

6. Vajra Pounds Mortar — Jin Gang Dao Dui — 金刚捣碓

7. White Goose Spreads Wings — Bai E Liang Chi — 白鵝亮翅

8. Oblique Posture — Xie Xing — 斜行

9. Embrace Knee — Lou Xi — 搂膝

10. Twist Steps — Ao Bu — 拗步

11. Oblique Posture — Xie Xing — 斜行

12. Embrace Knee — Lou Xi — 搂膝

13. Twist Steps — Ao Bu — 拗步

14. Hidden Hand Punch — Yan Shou Gong Quan — 掩手肱拳

15. Vajra Pounds Mortar — Jin Gang Dao Dui — 金刚捣碓

Tai Chi Long Form Section 2

Character:  The second section has 13 movements.  Six of these movements were in the first section.  We enjoy familiar processes so the second portion compliments you for learning the key movements and adds seven more.

16. Brushing Body Fist — Pi Shen Quan — 撇身拳

17. Green Dragon Emerges From the Water — Qing Long Chu Shui — 青龍出水

18. TwoHanded Push — Shuang Tui Shou — 双推手

19. Palm Under Elbow — Zou Xia Kan Quan — 肘下看拳

20. Step Back and Push with Arm — Dao Juan Gong — 倒卷肱

21. White Goose Spreads Wings — Bai E Liang Chi — 白鵝亮翅

22. Oblique Posture — Xie Xing — 斜行

23. Flash the Back — Shan Tong Bei — 閃通背

24. Hidden Hand Punch — Yan Shou Gong Quan — 掩手肱拳

25. Six Sealing, Four Closing — Liu Feng Si Bi — 六封四闭

26. Dan Tian Change — Dan Bian — 单鞭

27. Moving Hands — Yun Shou — 运手

28. High Pat on Horse — Gao Tan Ma — 高探马

Tai Chi Long Form Section 3

Character:  Section three teaches how to release energy that you have developed or energy from an opponent (San Tom Bay).  Movements are purposely learned slowly so that energy release can be learned quickly.  70% of the steps and kicks from the form can be found in the 13 movements of the third section.  Six types of kicks exist.  The toe, heel, side of foot, jump kick, inward swing kick, and outward swing kick.

29. Thrust with Right Foot — You Ca Jiao — 右擦脚

30. Thrust with Left Foot — Zuo Ca Jiao — 左擦脚

31. Kick with Left Heel — Zuo Deng Yi Gen — 左蹬一跟

32. Advance with Twist Steps — Qian Tang Ao Bu — 前趟拗步

33. Immortal’s Embracing Grip — Shen Xian Yi Ba Zhua — 神仙一把抓

34. Turn Around, Double Kick — Fan Shen Er Qi Jiao — 翻身二起脚

35. Protect the Heart Punch — Hu Xin Quan — 护心拳

36. Whirlwind Kick — Xuan Feng Jiao — 旋风脚

37. Kick with Right Heel — You Deng Yi Gen — 右蹬一根

38. Hidden Hand Punch — Yan Shou Gong Quan — 掩手肱拳

Tai Chi Long Form Section 4

Character:  Section four of the tai chi long form focuses on energy transmission.  The goal is to have “harmony force” between the hands joints and body.  “Harmony Force” us the use of both hands simultaneously to push or strike with the force originating in the feet and traveling through the body.

39. Small Capture and Strike — Xiao Qin Da — 小擒打

40. Cover Head and Push the Mountain — Bao Tou Tui Shan — 抱头推山

41. Six Sealing, Four Closing — Liu Feng Si Bi — 六封四闭

42. Dan Tian Change — Dan Bian — 单鞭

43. Forward Trick — Qian Zhao — 前招

44. Backward Trick — Hou Zhao — 后招

45. Part the Wild Horse’s Mane — Ye Ma Fen Zong — 野馬分鬃

46. Six Sealing, Four Closing — Liu Feng Si Bi — 六封四闭

47. Dan Tian Change — Dan Bian — 单鞭

Tai Chi Long Form Section 5

Character:  Section five is the most rigorous  and mentally taxing.  It combines the four movements  of walking, backward walking, lateral movements, and twining.  It has the furthest jump (48), the lowest posture (54), and the most stretched (55).  It also has the  most movements.

48. Fair Maiden Works the Shuttle — Yu Nu Chuan Suo — 玉女穿梭

49. Grasp and Tuck Clothes — Lan Zha Yi — 懒扎衣

50. Six Sealing, Four Closing — Liu Feng Si Bi — 六封四闭

51. Dan Tian Change — Dan Bian — 单鞭

52. Moving Hands — Yun Shou — 运手

53. Swing the Leg — Bai Jiao — 擺脚

54. Drop and Split — Die Cha — 跌叉

55. Golden Cock Stands on One Leg — Jin Ji Du Li — 金鸡独立

56. Step Back and Push with Arm — Dao Juan Gong — 倒卷肱

57. White Goose Spreads Wings — Bai E Liang Chi — 白鵝亮翅

58. Oblique Posture — Xie Xing — 斜行

59. Flash the Back — Shan Tong Bei — 閃通背

60. Hidden Hand Punch — Yan Shou Gong Quan — 掩手肱拳

61. Six Sealing, Four Closing — Liu Feng Si Bi — 六封四闭

62. Dan Tian Change — Dan Bian — 单鞭

63. Moving Hands — Yun Shou — 运手

64. High Pat on Horse — Gao Tan Ma — 高探马 

Tai Chi Long Form Section 6

Character:  Section six has a strong connection throughout the movements and is the most difficult to teach and learn.  There are no pauses between movements like in the first section as each movement transitions right into the next.

65. Cross Foot — Shi Zi Jiao — 十字脚

66. Groin Punch — Zhi Dang Chui — 指裆捶

67. Apes and Monkeys Search for Fruit — Yuan Hou Tan Guo — 猿猴探果

68. Dan Tian Change — Dan Bian — 单鞭

69. Ground Hacking Dragon — Qie Di Long — 切地龍

70. Step Forward and Form Seven Stars — Shang Bu Qi Xing — 上步七星

71. Step Back, Spread Arms — Xia Bu Kua Gong — 下步跨肱

72. Swing the Leg — Bai Jiao — 擺脚

73. Head on Cannon — Dang Tou Pao — 当头炮

74. Vajra Pounds Mortar — Jin Gang Dao Dui — 金刚捣碓

75. Closing Form — Shou Shi — 收勢