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List of Tai Chi Chuan forms, postures, movements, or positions in order of number of forms:

Hand forms:

  • 4 – Chen 4 Step is a subset of Chen Old Frame One (Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai)
  • 8 – Yang Standardized
  • 8 – Chen Standardized
  • 9 – Chen Old Frame (Master Liu Yong)
  • 10 – Yang
  • 12 – Yang
  • 13 – Chen (aka Five Element Chen) subset of either Old Frame One or Small Frame (Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai)
  • 13 – Dong Yue (East Mountain) Combined
  • 16 – Yang Standardized
  • 16 – Chen Standardized
  • 16 – Actually Chen 4 Step (see above) popularly repeated in four directions of the compass (Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai)
  • 18 – Chen (Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei)
  • 19 – Chen (Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang)
  • 24 – Yang (‘Simplified’, ‘Beijing’, ‘New Style’) Standardized
  • 24 – Chen Shi (Chen style) Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan (24 Form by Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang)
  • 32 – Combined Form
  • 32 – Chen Standardized “Fist” (New Frame)
  • 34 – Wudang short
  • 35 – Sun Standardized Short
  • 36 – Chen Standardized (New Frame)
  • 36 – Fu style short form tai chi ch’uan
  • 37 – Yang (Zheng, Cheng Man-ch’ing) Short
  • 38 – Chen (Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang)
  • 39 – Chen (Old frame 39)
  • 39 – Chen (New frame 39)
  • 40 – Yang competition
  • 40 – Sun Family Modern Short Form
  • 42 – Chen (Old form cannon fist)
  • 42 – Combined Style Competition Form
  • 42 – Sun Traditional Short
  • 43 – Yang (Jiang Yu Kun)
  • 46 – Yang Competition
  • 46 – Wu competition
  • 48 – Combined forms (This form, established in 1976, combined techniques from Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun forms, and was used as a Competition Form until it was replaced by the 42 Form Competition Form.)
  • 48 – Chen Shi (Chen style) Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan (48 Form by Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang)
  • 49 – Yang Demo/Family competition
  • 49 – Wu (Hao) short form
  • 50 – Li short form
  • 53 – Fu style advanced tai chi
  • 54 – Wu family competition
  • 56 – Chen Competition
  • 64 – Yang (Kuang Ping style)
  • 66 – Combined Standardized (Lost, original content unknown)
  • 67 – 67 movements Combined Tai-Chi Chuan form
  • 67 – Fu style tai chi lightning palm
  • 72 – Chen (New Form Cannon Fist)
  • 72 – Huang Sheng Shyan Form
  • 73 – Sun Competition
  • 74 – Chen (Old Frame, First Routine, Lao Jia Yi Lu)
  • 81 – Wu (Hao) Old Form
  • 83 – Chen New Form (Chen Village)
  • 88 – Yang Standardized (which appears to differ slightly from traditional forms of similar length)
  • 96 – Wu (Hao) long form
  • 97/98 – Sun Traditional Long
  • 103 – Yang long form (The moves can also add up to 85, 88, 108 or 150 depending on how they are counted.)
  • 105 – Fu style Tai Chi Ch’uan
  • 108 – Taoist Tai Chi form
  • 108 – Wu Chien-ch’uan style long
  • 119 – Wudang long
  • 120 – Tchoung_Ta-chen – Annotated Form
  • 140 – Li form
  • 229 – Tchoung_Ta-chen – Long Form

There are also many variations of qigong (ch’i kung) forms associated with different schools.

Weapon forms:

  • 13 – Dong Yue (East Mountain) Combined Sword
  • 16 – Yang Standardized Sword
  • 16 – Yang/Combined Standardized Spear
  • 13 – Yang Broadsword (Dao)
  • 18 – Chen ‘Health’ Standardized Sword
  • 23 – Chen Sabre
  • 32 – Yang/Combined Sword
  • 36 – Chen Shi (Chen Style) Xinyi Hun Yuan broadsword
  • 48 – Chen Shi (Chen Style) Xinyi Hun Yuan sword
  • 49 – Chen Sword
  • 54 – Yang Sword
  • 56 – Fu style tai chi seven star sword