Third Section of Standard Simplified 24 Form T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Yang Style) Movements 10 – 15

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Third Section of Standard Simplified 24 Form T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Yang Style)
Movements 10 – 15

10. Waving Hands Like Clouds

Variations of names for this movement include: Moving Hands Like Clouds, Waving Hands Like Clouds, Cloud Built Hands, Wave Hands in Clouds, Cloud Hands 云手 : Yun Shou.

The whole Cloud Hands (Yun Shou) movement flow is from the left to the right, from E3 towards W9.

Cloud Hands is a gentle flowing movement that is rather complicated to describe. Please study the recommended online videos to see how the series of postures in this particular movement are performed.


From the Single Whip position (10a = 9g) begin to turn the torso to the right side (10a-10e) until the front of the body is facing N12 (10c). At the same time as the torso turns toward the right side, the right hand remains outstretched (10b-10c). The left hand moves downward and then upwards toward the right side (10b-10c) until it reaches the level of the head (10d). The weight moves into the bent right leg (10c). The head turns and looks towards the right side E3 (10d).

The left hand, palm facing the body, remaining at about face level, moves across the body towards the left side (10d-10f). The right hand, at about waist level, palm facing the body, moves across the body towards the left side at the same time as the left hand moves (10e-10f). The waist turns to move the arms more than the shoulders move the arms (10e-10f). Turn the waist and move the arms until you reach the left side and are looking towards W9 (10f).
Step with the right leg and move it closer to the left leg as the arms move to the far left position W9 (10e-10f). Switch the position of the arms by moving the right arm to about face level (10e-10f), and the left arm down towards the waist level (10f). This completes the first part of the Cloud Hands movement by moving from the far left (10a) to the far right (10c) and then from the far right (10c) to the far left (10f) in a gentle flowing manner (10b-10f), moving the hands like floating clouds.

From the far left position (10f) with the right hand high (10f) and the left hand low at waist level (10g), with both palms facing the body, move both arms to the right across the body (10g-10h). The waist turns to move the arms more than the shoulders move the arms (10f-10h). Turn the waist and move the arms until you reach the far right side and are looking towards E3 (10h). When you reach the far right, exchange the arms by bringing the left arm up to about face level (10i) and the right arm down to about waist level (10i-10j), and at the same time step the left leg to the left W9 (10h-10i). Now begin to move the left arm across the body to the left side at about face height, palm facing the body (10i-10k), at the same time as the right arm drops down to about waist level (10i-10j) and moves across the body, palm facing inward, to the far left side (10j-10k). When the left hand reaches the far left side (10j), lift and step with the right leg towards the left leg (10j-10k). This completes the second part of the Cloud Hands movement by moving from the far left (10f) to the far right (10i) and then back to the far left (10k) in a gentle flowing manner, moving hands like floating clouds.

From the far left position (10k) with the right hand high (10k) and the left hand low at waist level (10l), with both palms facing the body, move both arms to the right across the body (10k-10n). The waist turns to move the arms more than the shoulders move the arms (10k-10n). Turn the waist and move the arms until you reach the far right side and are looking towards E3 (10m). When you reach the far right, exchange the arms by bringing the left arm up to about face level (10n) and the right arm down to about waist level (10m-10n), and at the same time step the left leg to the left W9 (10m-10n). Now begin to move the left arm across the body to the left at about face height, palm facing the body (10n-10p), at the same time as the right arm drops down to about waist level (10m-10n) and moves across the body, palm facing inward, to the far left side (10n-10p). When the left hand reaches the far left side (10p), lift and step with the right leg towards the left leg (10o-10p). This completes the third part of the Cloud Hands movement by moving from the far left (10k) to the far right (10m) and then back to the far left (10p) in a gentle flowing manner, moving hands like floating clouds.
(10l) (10o)

11. Single Whip

Variations of names for this movement include: Simple Whip, Whip, Single Whip, Holding the Whip in One Hand, 单鞭 : Dan Bian.

From the last posture of Cloud Hands (10p = 11a), step forward with the right foot a small step (11b). Begin to rotate the arms from the left side to the right side. The arms draw across the body at about chest height (11a-11c). After the arms reach the left side (9c), then they rotate back to the right side (11c-11e). The waist faces N12 (11c). As the right arm gets to the right side (11d) then the hand extends in the direction of NE1 (11d) and the hand is shaped into a beak style (thumb touches the other fingers and all fingers point down) (11e). The left arm is drawn up to the face level, with the palm facing the face (11d). As the right hand forms into beak, the left leg steps to the right, bringing the left foot fairly close to the right foot (11c-11d), and the left toe touching the ground (11d). As the left leg lifts and is placed to face W9, the left hand opens out towards W9 (11d-11e). As the body settles into a left bow stance (11f), the left hand pushes forward, palm facing out (11e-11f). We end in Single Whip (11f) with the waist facing NW11, in a left bow stance, pushing with the left palm in the direction of W9, with the right arm lifted and pointing towards NE1, beaked right hand, and looking towards W9 (11f). Inhale from 11b-11d and exhale from 11e-11f.
(11f) & (16e) (11f)

12. Pat the Horse on the Back

Variations of names for this movement include: High Pat on Horse, Patting the Horse’s Neck While Riding, Stroke the Horse From Above, Asking for Directions While Riding a Horse, Pat the Horse’s Back, Pat the Horse on the Back, 高探马 : Gao Tan Ma : High Pat on Horse.

From Single Whip (12a), draw the right foot forward a half-step (12b). The right hand changes from a beaked hand into an open hand (12b). The right arm moves forward at about face level from right to left in the direction of W9 (12b-12c), and ends with palm facing out in front of the body at face level. The torso turns to the left and ends facing W9 (12c-12d). The right hand stops at face level, with the palm facing out and away (12d). The left hand moves in a downward arc (12c-12d) to the Dan Tien level, and ends with the left palm facing up (12d). The left leg is in an empty toe stance (12d) The body is facing in the direction of W9 (12d). The final position is called High Pat on Horse (12d). Inhale at 12c and exhale at 12d.
(12d)

13. Kick with Right Heel

Variations of names for this movement include: Right Heel Kick, Kicking Straight Right Mode, Kicking with the Right Heel, 右蹬脚 : You Deng Jiao: Right Heel Kick.

The general direction of movement is in a straight line from E3 towards W9 in Movement #13. Please study the recommended online videos to see how the series of postures in this particular movement are performed.

Lift left leg and step forward (13a-13b). Circle both hands outward in a circle and down (13b-13c). Step with right leg forward to bring the right foot next to the left foot (13c-13d). At the same time, circle both hands upwards and bring the right hand in front of the left hand, crossing the hands in front of the face (13d-13d). Left the right leg as both hands move away from each other towards the sides (13e), palms facing out and fingers up (13f). Turn the body slightly to the left so that instead of your waist facing W9 it faces SW7. Kick with the left heel in the direction of NW10 (13f). Inhale 13c-13d, and exhale 13e-13f.

Some persons may not be able to kick high with a straight right leg and right toe drawn back – a right heel kick (13f). Instead, substitute a toe kick, while kicking lower if necessary, or bending the knee if necessary. Don’t let the inability of executing a movement perfectly, according to a standard, prevent you from practicing Taijiquan. Adapt accordingly to accommodate for injuries, balance problems, inflexibility, or weakness. Be practical and smart; and, make reasonable adjustments. Keep practicing, and you will probably see steady improvements, increased strength, and greater flexibility.
(13f) (13f) (13f)

14. Hitting Your Opponent’s Ears with Both Fists

Variations of names for this movement include: Box Ears, Box Opponent’s Ears with Both Fists, Strike to Ears with Both Fists, Strike to Temple with Both Fists, 双峰灌耳 : Shuang Feng Quan Er : Twin Fists Strike Opponents Ears.

The general direction of movement is in a straight line from E3 towards NW10 in Movement #14.

From the Right Heel Kick position (14a = 13f), draw the right knee back into the body to waist level (14a-14b). Draw both hands down and bring the elbows to the sides of the body, closing the open hands into fists and holding the hands level with the knee (14b-14c). Step forward with the right leg (14c-14d) in the direction of NW11. Circle the arms outward from the body (14d), and then draw both fists towards the head level of an imaginary opponent to strike the opponent’s temples with both fists (14d-14e). Settle into a right bow stance (14e). The imaginary opponent is in the direction of NW10 or NW11 (14e). Look intensely at the imaginary opponent. Inhale 14b-14d, and exhale 14d-14e.
(14e) (14e)

15. Kick with Left Heel

Variations of names for this movement include: Turn Around, and Kick with Left Heel; Left Heel Kick, Turn Around and Kick with Left Heel, 左蹬脚 : Zuo Deng Jiao : Left Heel Kick.

The Direction of Movement is reversed. Move backward in a straight line from NW10 (15a) in the direction of E3 (15b-15g). Please study the recommended online videos to see how the series of postures in this particular movement are performed.

Turn 270 degrees clockwise, face to NE2. Cross and separate hands at face, heel kick with left foot. Left arm in front and right arm in back at shoulder height. Inhale 15c-15e, exhale 15f-15g.

Tai Chi: The 24 Forms by Dr. Paul Lam.
(15g) (15e-15g)

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