Soft Answer Tai Chi Chuan - 回答柔和太極拳

Handout Materials for Students of the Soft Answer Tai Chi Cheng Man-Ching Yang Style Tai Chi Forms Class
Basic Priciples

This handout provide an understanding of the five basic principle in the Cheng Man-Ching Yang Style Tai Chi. We have created an acronym to help remember the principles; BURST which stands for:

B eautiful hands: No bends or kinks in wrists
U pright Body: Spine is always kept upright and not leaning
R elax: This is the key principle. Let go of all tension!
S eparation of Weight: No even weight distribution
T urning the Waist: Movements controlled from the Hips/Waist

Clearer understanding is given in the handout. The document also includes other principles.

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Form List

The Form List was created as a sort of Cheat Sheet to remember the postures. It was not intended that somebody could learn the postures through this document. However, the forms list can help a student remember the posture names, order, and some details. The Cheng Man-Ching 37 Postures Simplified Tai Chi Yang Style Form, as taught at Soft Answer Tai Chi, is divided into five sections.

Note: These Postures are not always counted the same by all teachers and students but all counts manage to end up with 37 postures. We cannot clear up any confusion on the ordering of the form but have tried to demonstrate ways in which the form has been counted differently in different publications.

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