Tai Chi 48 Form Combined Styles Training Manual


This is a Combined Styles 48 Form Instructional Workbook that teaches you the routine used for international competitions. Created in China in 1976 by a panel of experts, the Combined Styles Tai Chi 48 Form was created to blend four of the major styles: Yang, Chen, Wu and Sun.   See more information below.

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The best of all four styles were taken and combined, taking care not to lose the spirit and flow of the routine.  It retains the softness, smoothness and circular movements, all so important to the integrity of Tai Chi Chuan, whilst slowing down and speeding up according to the style being focused on.

Chen Style is characterised by sinuous, powerful ‘silk-reeling’ movements and variations in pace from slow to explosive.  Yang Style features rounded, smooth and expansive movements, performed at a constant, flowing pace. Wu Style is comfortable with upright or forward-leaning movements and encourages internal focus.  Sun Style is characterised by quick and dexterous advancing or retreating steps.

Included in this Tai Chi 48 Form Combined Styles Training Manual are:

  • A history of the 48 Form
  • An introduction to the Masters of the Golden Lion Academy
  • Detailed written instructions complete with over 200 photographs of Master Charles Tsui-Po demonstrating each of the individual movements of the 48 Form
  • Photographs in sequence for the entire Form
  • Each technique is taught and shown in an easy-to-learn way.

Tai Chi 48 Form Combined Styles

Below is a list of the 48 forms (techniques) that you will learn. It is taught in separate sections to help you learn the routine.

Commencing Form

  1. The White Crane Flashes Its Wings
  2. Brush Knee And Twist Step In Left Bow Stance
  3. Single Whip – Left Style
  4. Hand Plucks The Lute – Left Style
  5. Stroke And Push
  6. Turn To Strike Parry And Punch – Left Style
  7. Fend Off, Stroke, Press And Push – Left Style
  8. Section 2: 8. Lean Obliquely
  9. Punch Under Elbow
  10. Step Back And Whirl Arms On Both Sides
  11. Turn To Push Palms
  12. Hand Plucks The Lute – Right Style
  13. Brush Knee And Punch Downward
  14. The White Snake Puts Out Its Tongue
  15. Pat Foot To Subdue The Tiger
  16. Turn To The Left To Strike
  17. Thread Palm In Crouch Step
  18. Fend Off On One Leg
  19. Single Whip – Right Style
  20. Wave Hands Like Clouds – Right Style
  21. Part The Horse’s Mane On Both Sides
  22. High Pat On Horse
  23. Kick With Right Heel
  24. Strike Opponent’s Ears With Both Fists
  25. Kick With Left Heel
  26. Strike With Hidden Fist
  27. Needle At Sea Bottom
  28. Flash The Arm
  29. Kick To Both Sides
  30. Brush Knee In Left And Right Bow Step
  31. Step Forward To Strike
  32. Apparent Close-Up
  33. Wave Hands Like Clouds – Left Style
  34. Turn To The Right To Strike
  35. Work At Shuttles On Both Sides
  36. Step Back And Thread Palm
  37. Press Down Palm In Empty Step
  38. Stand On One Leg And Hold Out Palm
  39. Push Forearm In Horse-Ride Step
  40. Turn Body With Big Strokes
  41. Swing Palm In Crouch Step
  42. Step Forward To Cross Fists
  43. Stand On One Leg To Mount The Tiger
  44. Turn Body And Swing Foot
  45. Draw A Bow To Shoot The Tiger
  46. Turn To Strike, Parry, And Punch – Right Style
  47. Fend Off, Stroke, Push And Press – Right Style
  48. Cross Hands

Closing Form

Additional information

Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 38 × 26 × 1.5 cm


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