Yang-style Short Form

Taking the family name of it’s founder Yang Lu Chuan, the short form is a simplified version of one of the major traditional longer forms that were formulated during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Yang style generally is relaxed, smooth and slow, developing and relying on internal strength. Many of the movements have poetic names, ‘Playing the Pi’pa’ or ‘Strum the Lute, whilst others are based on observations of nature, ‘Snake creeps down’.

Only a few steps longer than the Cheng form, this form would normally take about 10 minutes or so to complete, including a brief warm-up routine. This daily investment of just 10 minutes repays handsome dividends in terms of mental, physical and spiritual (in its broadest context) benefits.

  • Greater strength, both physical and inner
  • a deeper calmness
  • a stress-proofing system like no other
  • improved balance & co-ordination
  • deeper, more efficient breathing,
  • boosted immune system

And once learned, the movements can be performed anywhere - by changing the length and number of steps you can adapt the form to your circumstances - from the apocryphal ‘Tai Chi in a Telephone Box’ to ‘Jumbo Jet Tai Chi at 35,000 feet’ to prevent DVT - we don’t all have the same needs, nor do we present the same physiology, therefore I encourage my students, once they have understood the basics, to internalise the Tai Chi and make it their own.-

 

Snake Creeps Down