System and Forms

The school trains in, and teaches many different forms from Yang Style Tai Chi. When taken together, these forms comprise a system that assists the maintenance of good health, and over time develops martial ability. The forms practised include:

  1. Modern Yang Style - Long Form - Otherwise known as the Yang Cheng Fu form in Erle Montaigue's system. A solo form.
  2. Single Push Hands - Not so much a form as a practice. Requires a partner. This training is essential for understanding techniques such as leading, following, sticking, and attacking.
  3. Small San Sau - A choreographed fighting form requiring a partner. Learned as an A and a B side. One of the sides (A) does Tai Chi moves, in response the (B) side's conventional street fighting moves.
  4. Original Yang Style - Long Form - Otherwise known as the Yang Lu Chan form in Erle Montaigue's system. A solo form that is more physically demanding than the modern form.
  5. Double Push Hands - Similar to single push hands above, but more complex. Requires a partner. Exercises all of the moves embodied within "Grasp Sparrow's Tail". This training is essential for enhancing techniques such as leading, following, sticking, and attacking.
  6. Da Lu - Also not so much a form as a practice. Da Lu is a variation of Double Push Hands - where Double Push Hands works the four sides, and Da Lu works the four corners.
  7. Short Staff - A Yang Style form using a staff similar in size to the Japanese Jo ( 4' 2.5").
  8. Sword - a 42 movement form identical to that taught by Master T. T. Liang in USA. Jim learned this form in Taiwan and Hong Kong in 1983.
  9. Ba Gua - Not strictly Tai Chi - but another related internal martial art from China.
  10. Large San Sau - A choregraphed fighting form requiring a partner. Both A and B sides do Tai Chi moves. All moves are blocked by the opposing partner.

Various other forms are available including Mother Technique extensions to Small San Sau, Fa Jing Stick, and Linear Ba Gua.