This is a list of postures in the traditional form of Yang style Taijiquan. Each “posture” may consist of one to five component movements, sometimes even more.

Note that the same postures are counted differently by various teachers and schools.  The distinct counting methods used by Fu Zhongwen (“85 form”) and the Yang Family (“103 form”) are both included below.

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Yang # Fu # Posture in English Chinese Pinyin
1 1 Preparatory Form 预备 Yùbèi
2 2 Beginning 起式 Qǐ shì
3 3 Grasp the Bird’s Tail
(a.k.a. Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail)
揽雀尾 Lǎn què wěi
4 4 Single Whip 单鞭 Dān biān
5 5 Raise Hands and Step Forward
(a.k.a. Lift Hands Upward)
提手上势 Tí shǒu shàng shì
6 6 White Crane Spreads its Wings 白鹤亮翅 Bái hè liàng chì
7 7 Left Brush Knee and Push
(a.k.a. Left Brush Knee Twist Step)
左搂膝拗步 Zuǒ lōu xī ǎo bù
8 8 Hand Strums the Lute
(a.k.a. Hands Strum Pipa)
手挥琵琶 Shǒu huī pípá
9 9 Left Brush Knee and Push 左搂膝拗步 Zuǒ lōu xī ǎo bù
10 9 Right Brush Knee and Push 右搂膝拗步 Yòu lōu xī ǎo bù
11 9 Left Brush Knee and Push 左搂膝拗步 Zuǒ lōu xī ǎo bù
12 10 Hand Strums the Lute 手挥琵琶 Shǒu huī pípá
13 11 Left Brush Knee and Push 左搂膝拗步 Zuǒ lōu xī ǎo bù
14 12 Step Forward, Parry, Block, and Punch
(a.k.a. Advance Step, Deflect, Parry and Punch)
进步搬拦捶 Jìn bù bān lán chuí
15 13 Apparent Close Up
(a.k.a. Like Sealing, As If Closing)
如封似闭 Rú fēng shì bì
16 14 Cross Hands 十字手 Shí zì shǒu
17 15 Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain 抱虎归山 Bào hǔ guī shān
18 16 Fist Under Elbow 肘底捶 Zhǒu dǐ chuí
19 17 Step Back and Repulse Monkey, Left 左倒撵猴 Zuǒ dào niǎn hóu
20 17 Step Back and Repulse Monkey, Right 右倒撵猴 Yòu dào niǎn hóu
21 17 Step Back and Repulse Monkey, Left 左倒撵猴 Zuǒ dào niǎn hóu
22 18 Diagonal Flying
(a.k.a. Flying Obliquely)
斜飞式 Xié fēi shì
23 19 Raise Hands and Step Forward 提手上势 Tí shǒu shàng shì
24 20 White Crane Spreads its Wings 白鹤亮翅 Bái hè liàng chì
25 21 Left Brush Knee and Push 左搂膝拗步 Zuǒ lōu xī ǎo bù
26 22 Needle at Sea Bottom 海底针 Hǎi dǐ zhēn
27 23 Fan Through Back 扇通背 Shàn tōng bèi
28 24 Turn Body, Chop with Fist
(a.k.a. Turn Body and Strike)
转身撇身捶 Zhuǎn shēn piē shēn chuí
29 25 Step Forward, Parry, Block, and Punch
(a.k.a. Advance Step, Deflect, Parry and Punch)
进步搬拦捶 Jìn bù bān lán chuí
30 26 Step Forward, Grasp the Bird’s Tail
(a.k.a. Step Up, Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail)
上步揽雀尾 Shàng bù lǎn què wěi
31 27 Single Whip 单鞭 Dān biān
To be continued

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