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16 Posture Form

PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:42 am
by Bob Ashmore
We've been working on the 16 Posture Form around here lately.
Anyone else working on this form?
I truly like it. It's a tad more complex than the 13 Posture Form but can still be done in about the same amount of space.
Pretty cool form for when you don't have the time or space to do the long form. I have a stairwell at my work place (new job, funny how I'm still practicing in stair wells) that seems tailor made for short forms, so it's particularly handy for me.
I like having two short forms to do now, because it gives me a chance to change things up from time to time.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:47 pm
by shugdenla

The 16 form is a good diversion and great for those who find the long forms hard to remember. I stay to the 3 times posture playing or 4 instead of 2!

PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:10 pm
by Bob Ashmore
I haven't done that yet, though I'm sure I will in time.
The space I have in my little practice area is just large enough to do the form as advertised. Anything more than that and I'd be bumping into the walls in no time.
I don't practice it because I don't remember the long form, I practice it because I can do so about five times a day while on stretching breaks from work, where I simply don't have the time or space to do a long form.
It's really quite good for that purpose.


PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:02 am
by Charla Quinn
Could you list the names of movements of the 16 posture form? Who put this together?
I was just thinking today how hard it is to practice for any length of time when one has young children or a busy career. I'm glad you take time and have these short forms to practice in your stairwells. I like the image! I'm retired now and have more time and it's really a gift.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 12:59 pm
by Bob Ashmore
From what I understand, Yang Zhen Duo created this form.
This is the list we were given:

1. Preperation Form
2. Beginning (Opening)
3. Cloud Hands (1)
4. Single Whip
5. Fist Under Elbow
6. White Crane Spreads Its Wings
7. Left Brush Knee and Push
8. Hand Strums the Lute
9. Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, Left
10. Left Strike the Tiger
11. Parting Wild Horses Mane
12. Step Forward and Punch to Groin
13. Turn Body White Snake Spits Out Tongue
14. Step Forward, Parry, Block and Punch
15. Step Forward and Grasp the Bird's Tail
16. Cross Hands and Close

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:28 pm
by shugdenla
I was referring to the Beijing shi taijiquan format.

2. Raise hands
3. Part Horse's mane (2x)
4. Crane Spreads wings
5. Brush knee
6. Step up, parry, punch
7. Single whip
8. Holding pi'pa
9. Repulse monkey (2x)
10. Turn and fair lady (L) and (r)
11.Needle at sea bottom
12. Fan to back
13. Cloud hands
14. Grasp birds tail
15. Cross hands
16. hands to dantian-end

Actual 14 postures but adding preparation and ending=16

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 4:24 pm
by Bob Ashmore
Interesting list. I've not seen that one before.
I'll have to see if I can thread this together. Looks kind of fun.