108 Moves of Tai Chi

How To Do 108 Moves Of Tai Chi Long Form

The 108 moves of Tai Chi, also known as the tai chi long form takes around 15 minutes to perform and is not easy by any means. To execute the Tai chi long form correctly it takes much physical and spiritual involvement, so expecting to learn it in a short amount of time is unrealistic and not very fathomable.

To learn how to do tai chi 108 form you must memorize the entire form and perfect each and every movement while simultaneously understanding the nuances and applications of the long form, which is a lot easier said than done.

However if your stubborn enough to want to learn the 108 moves of Tai chi then all it takes is concentration and practice. Many advanced Tai Chi practitioners that are familiar with the 40 forms find that being able to do the long form can be accomplished by breaking it down into shorter forms.

The 108 moves of Tai Chi is highly sought after because it’s long, graceful, fluent choreography helps maintain an undivided meditation. The long form consists of 3 parts - there are punches, kicks, pushes and pulls which correspond seamlessly with each other to encourage good physical and mental conditioning.

Here’s a fairly accurate video version of how to do Tai Chi 108 form Yang Style:

What are the 108 Moves of Tai Chi?

Here are the 108 moves of Tai Chi of the Wu Style:

1. Begin T'ai Chi Form - The Beginning of T'ai Chi - The Preparation Form

2. Raise Hands Above Posture - Raise Hands - Raise Hand and Step Up

3. Hand Plays P'i P'a - Play Guitar - Hand Strums the Lute

4. Grasp Bird's Tail

5. Single Whip

6. Slant Flying Posture (also known as Slant Single Whip) - Flying Oblique

7. Raise Hands Above Posture

8. White Crane Spreads Wings - White Stork Flaps its Wings

9. Brush Knee Push Step Left and Right 4 Times - Brush Knee Twist Step

10. Hand Plays P'i P'a

11. Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, Punch - Step Up Diverting and Blocking Fist

12. As If Seemingly Sealed Shut (also known as Push Forward) - As if Closing Up

13. Carry Tiger to the Mountain - Tiger and Leopard Spring to the Mountain

14. Cross Hands

15. Slant Brush Knee Push Step

16. Turn Body Brush Knee Push Step

17. Grasp Bird's Tail

18. Single Whip (also known as Slant Single Whip)

19. Fist Under Elbow Punch

20. Fall to Repulse Monkey Left and Right 3 Times

21. Slant Flying Posture

22. Raise Hands Above Posture

23. White Crane Spreads Wings

24. Brush Knee Push Step

25. Sea Bottom Needle - Needle at Sea Bottom - Needle at the Bottom of the Sea

26. Fan Through Back - Play Arms like a Fan

27. Rotate Body Away Body Punch - Strike Fist to Back - Parry and Punch

28. Step Back, Deflect, Parry, Punch - Move Step Diverting and Blocking Punch

29. Step Up Grasp Bird's Tail

30. Single Whip

31. Cloud Hands (3 Times)

32. Single Whip

33. Left High Pat Horse

34. Right Separate Foot Kick - Right Parting Leg

35. Right High Pat Horse

36. Left Separate Foot Kick - Left Parting Leg

37. Turn Body Kick with Heel - Turn Body Pedalling Foot

38. Brush Knee Push Step Twice

39. Step Forward Punch Down

40. Rotate Body Away Body Punch

41. High Pat Horse

42. Right Separate Hands

43. First Raise Foot Kick

44. Step Back Seven Stars

45. Step Back Hit Tiger Posture - Retreat Step Beat the Tiger

46. Second Raise Foot Kick

47. Double Peaks Pierce Ears - Strike the Ears with Double Fists

48. Lean Back Kick with Toe - Open Body and Kick

49. Turn Body Kick with Heel

50. High Pat Horse

51. Step Forward, Deflect, Parry, Punch

52. As If Seemingly Sealed Shut (also known as Push Forward)

53. Carry Tiger to the Mountain

54. Cross Hands

55. Slant Brush Knee Push Step

56. Turn Body Brush Knee Push Step

57. Grasp Bird's Tail

58. Single Whip (also known as Slant Single Whip)

59. Hand Plays P'i P'a

60. Wild Horse Separate Mane - Parting the Wild Horse's Mane

61. Hand Plays P'i P'a

62. Wild Horse Separate Mane 3 Times

63. Hand Plays P'i P'a

64. Wild Horse Separate Mane

65. Jade Lady Works Shuttles Twice - Jade Girl Works at the Shuttle

66. Hand Plays P'i P'a

67. Wild Horse Separate Mane

68. Jade Lady Works Shuttles Twice - Jade Girl Works at the Shuttle

69. Grasp Bird's Tail

70. Single Whip

71. Cloud Hands (3 Times)

72. Single Whip

73. Downward Posture (also known as Snake Creeps Down Posture)

74. Left Golden Rooster on One Leg - Golden Cockerel Standing on One Leg

75. Right Golden Rooster on One Leg

76. Fall to Repulse Monkey Left and Right 3 Times

77. Cross Slant Flying Posture

78. Raise Hands Above Posture

79. White Crane Spreads Wings

80. Brush Knee Push Step

81. Sea Bottom Needle

82. Fan Through Back

83. Rotate Body Away Body Punch

84. Step Up, Deflect, Parry, Punch

85. Step Up Grasp Bird's Tail

86. Single Whip

87. Cloud Hands (3 Times)

88. Single Whip

89. High Pat Horse

90. Slap Face Palm - Palm Goes to Meet the Face

91. Rotate Body Single Swing Lotus - Turn Body Cross Swing Lotus

92. Brush Knee Push Step

93. Step Up Finger Stop Punch - Pointing to the Crotch Punch

94. Step Up Grasp Bird's Tail

95. Single Whip

96. Downward Posture (also known as Snake Creeps Down Posture)

97. Step Up Seven Stars

98. Step Back Ride Tiger

99. Turn Body Slap Face Palm - Turn Body Hit Face Palm

100. Rotate Body Double Swing Lotus - Turn Body Double Swing Lotus

101. Bend Bow Shoot Tiger - Curve Bow Shoot Tiger

102. High Pat Horse

103. Slap Face Palm

104. Rotate Body Away Body Punch

105. Step Up High Pat Horse

106. Step Up Grasp Bird's Tail

107. Single Whip

108. Conclusion of T'ai Chi - Closing T'ai Chi

Those are the 108 moves of tai chi wu style!

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