also known as the 10 form tai chi, or the 8 form tai chi.
This routine is a modern simplified routine, first taught in Beijing in 1999. It is very popular with beginners.
Here are some videos to help you learn and practice the routine.
Part 1 and 2:
Preparation and Commencement,
or “Wuji becomes Taiji”
Wuji refers to non-duality. Yin and Yang are still, and “combine.” The idea is to be empty of all thought, motivation, effort, and intent…to be perfectly balanced, like an open string of pearls balanced on end.
Taiji refers to duality. Yin and yang separate, and there is now movement and direction. But even then, the quality of Wuji is inherent within all things.
Reverse Reeling Forearms
or “Repulse the Monkey”
In the traditional routines, this movement is coordinated with backward stepping and turning to either side. But for the purposes of this simplified routine, the feet remain stationary. This is much better for most beginners.
Brush Knee and Push.
This video is a bit longer than it needs to be. I would have made it shorter. But I didn’t have enough time.
But it does give you a chance to practise while you follow along, and there are some details near the end that will be made more clear during some of the regular lessons about Tai Chi Basics.
“Part the Horse’s Mane”
or “Wild Mustang Shakes its Mane”
Sometimes we call it, “Throw the frisbee and pet the dog.”
Also called “Wave hands like clouds.”
“Rooster Stands on One Leg”
…and then the other leg.