Yang Tai Chi Short Form
Yang Tai Chi Short Form or (Simplified form) was compiled by the Chinese Sport Commission in 1956. The Short form or 24 Posture Form was derived from the traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan Long Form.
It was the result of many Tai Chi Chuan Masters working towards standardizing & simplifying Tai Chi Chuan for use as a health promoting exercise.
Many of the more complicated and repeated movements were deleted from the long form for ease of learning and practice. Even-though the short form is a simplified version of the long form, it is still a traditional sequence with the same principles and applications.
When playing Tai Chi Chuan, our main emphasis should be on the principles. Body and Mind as One. Relax, breathe slowly and deeply. Movements are graceful, calm and quiet. Always maintain a connection to Heaven and Earth. Collect and store energy in your lower abdomen (Dantien).
Unlike other exercises, Tai Chi main focus is to cultivate internal energy “Chi”. Chi is the universal cosmic energy that is in all living things. When Chi is weak or stagnant in our body, we can become ill. Through the relaxed and graceful movements off Tai Chi Chuan, we learn to circulate “Chi” throughout our body, relaxing & healing our body, while calming our mind.
Tai Chi Chuan is also a moving meditation. Every movement is controlled by the Mind and Breath. It is very good for stress and relaxation, and all movement can be used in self-defense. The exact translation of Tai Chi Chuan is “Grand Ultimate Fist”.
Tai Chi is believed to: Boost the Immune System --- Slow the aging Process ---- Lower High Blood Pressure ---- Reduce the incidence of “Anxiety”, “Depression” and overall mood disturbances. Tai Chi Chuan is the most effective balance and coordination exercise in the world.