- Whole body
- Use of the
8 energies and the 5
of the 6 harmonies
- 10 basic
principles of external
generally include Li family Tao Yin
and K'ai Men exercises
The Li style has various Forms (set patterns of movement) :
T'ai Chi Form
140 movements which are broken up into 42 sequences - each having
individual names, examples being "Single Whip", "Brush Knee and Side
Exercises its Wings".
Beginners generally learn the first 50 movements as a Short Form which
is broken up into 15 sequences.
T'ai Chi 'Flying Hands'
A larger frame, more expressive Form of 184 moves.
Form of 164 movements - this Form requires a greater sense of balance
and control due to the
weight of the sword and the demands of the movements.
T'ai Chi Fan
A relatively short Form of 86 movements
requiring great dexterity of the hands and wrists.
T'ai Chi Staff
Greater control of the central movement is
needed in performing this Form which contains 160 movements.