Yang style Tai Chi 108 form (long form) in Chinese, English & German (incl. PDF)

One of the most-known forms is probably the Yang style Tai Chi 108 form. And to make it confusing for us pracitioners, it has many names: Tai Chi 108 form, 105 form, 103 form, 85 form, 150 form 94 form, 88 form or just: Tai Chi long form.

The number actually depends on how you count the different moves. My current teacher counts the Yin-Yang-phases and says that there are 169 phases! So I guess one could call the long Yang form the 169 form, if he wanted to. Or if you count repeated movemens just once (e.g. “repulse monkey”), you end up with a lower movement count.Yang style Tai Chi 108 movements

Traditionally, the long Yang style long form is called the 108 form because of the meaning of the number 108. It is considered a special, even sacred number in Buddhism and other tradtions.

However, the good thing is, that even if counting differs, the moves and the order of the Tai Chi moves remain pretty much the same. If you meet someone who does the Yang style long form (even if she/he calls it Tai Chi 108 form or 103 form or any other number), you can run the form together.

There will surely be some difference in HOW EACH MOVE is done. I talk about my experience with that here. And names might differ slightly, too. At least the translation might be slightly different. That can be confusing for Tai Chi beginners.

But even with all those differences, what we can all agree on is that the form LONG. That’s common ground for all Yang stylists. Because to complete it, it takes around 20-30 minutes.

Now I will give you a list of the moves of the Tai Chi 108 form. I decided to go for 108 Tai Chi movements, because that is how my first teacher called the form (yes, I am a bit nostalgic here). It actually wasn’t that easy to go for EXACTLY 108 moves, because my notes as well as the information all over the internet differ. But I managed to get to 108 Tai Chi moves!

And if your teacher says the names slightly different, don’t worry. That just happens when people all over the world do Tai Chi movements for centuries – things change slightly!

 

Yang style Tai Chi 108 form (part 1)

1
起式
Qi Shi
Beginning
Eröffnung, Beginn

2
左掤
Zuo Peng
Ward-off (Left)
Block links

3
拦雀尾
Lan Que Wei
Grasp the sparrow’s tail
Den Vogel am Schwanz fassen

4
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

5
提手上势
Ti Shou Shang Shi
Step up to raise hands (also Raise Hands and Step Forward)
Die Hände heben

6
白鹤凉翅
Bai He Liang Chi
White Crane spreads its wings
Der weiße Kranich breitet seine Flügel aus

7
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee and push
Knie streifen links

8
手挥琵琶
Shou Hui Pi Pa
Hand strums the lute (play the pipa)
Pipa spielen

9
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee and push
Knie streifen links

10
右搂膝拗步
You Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush right knee push
Knie streifen rechts

11
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee push
Knie streifen links

12
手挥琵琶
Shou Hui Pi Pa
Hand strums the lute (pipa)
Pipa spielen

13
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee push (left)
Knie streifen links

14
进步搬拦捶
Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui
Twist, deflect, step, parry and punch (also Step Forward, Parry Block and Punch)
Schritt vor, abwehren und schlagen (Fauststoß)

15
如封似闭
Ru Feng Si Bi
Apparent close up
Arme streifen und stoßen

16
十字手
Shi Zi Shou
Cross hands
Hände kreuzen

 

Yang style Tai Chi 108 form (part 2)

 

17
抱虎归山
Bao Hu Gui Shan
Embrace the Tiger and Return to Mountain (also Carry the tiger to the mountain)
Den Tiger umarmen und zum Berg zurückkehren

18
拦雀尾
Lan Que Wei
Grasp the sparrow’s tail
Den Vogel am Schwanz fassen

19
肘底捶
Zhou Di Chui
Fist under elbow
Faust unterm Ellbogen

20
右倒撵猴
You Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (right)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren rechts

21
左倒撵猴
Zuo Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (left)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren links

22
右倒撵猴
You Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (right)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren rechts

23
左倒撵猴
Zuo Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (left)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren links

24
右倒撵猴
You Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey(right)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren rechts

25
斜飞式
Xie Fei Shi
Oblique/Diagonal flying
Diagonales Fliegen

26
提手上势
Ti Shou Shang Shi
Step up to raise hands
Hände heben

27
白鹤凉翅
Bai He Liang Chi
White Crane spreads its wings
Der weiße Kranich breitet seine Flügel aus

28
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee and push
Knie streifen links

29
海底针
Hai Di Zhen
Needle to the bottom of the sea
Die Nadel auf dem Meeresboden

30
扇通背
Shan Tong Bei
Fan through the back
Die Arme zum Fächer ausbreiten

31
转身撇身捶
Zhuan Shen Pie Shen Chui
Turn Body and Chop with Fist
Den Körper drehen, Faustrückschlag rechts und Push mit links

32
进步搬拦捶
Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui
Twist, deflect, step, parry, punch
Schritt vor, abwehren und schlagen (Fauststoß)

33
拦雀尾
Lan Que Wei
Grasp the sparrow’s tail
Den Vogel am Schwanz fassen

34
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

35
云手
Zuo You Yun Shou
Cloud hands (several times)
Wolkenhände

36
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

37
高探马
Gao Tan Ma
High pat on horse
Hoher Schlag aufs Pferd

38
右分脚
You Fen Jiao
Parting/separation kick (right)
Trennen und Kick rechts

39
左分脚
Zuo Fen Jiao
Parting/separation kick (left)
Trennen und Kick links

40
转身左蹬脚
Zhuan Shen Zuo Deng Jiao
Turn and kick with left heel
Drehen und Tritt mit der linken Ferse

41
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee and push
Linkes Knie streifen und rechts stoßen

42
右搂膝拗步
You Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush right knee push
Knie streifen rechts

43
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee
Linkes Knie streifen

44
进步栽捶
Jin Bu Zai Chui
Step up, Punch Down
Schritt und Hammerschlag

45
转身撇身锤
Zhuan Shen Pie Shen Chui
Turn Body and Chop with Fist
Den Körper drehen, Faustrückschlag rechts und Push mit links

46
进步搬拦锤
Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui
Twist, deflect, step, parry and punch
Schritt vor, abwehren und schlagen (Fauststoß)

47
右蹬脚
You Deng Jiao
Right heel kick
Tritt mit der rechten Ferse

48
左打虎式
Zuo Da Hu Shi
Hit/strike tiger (left)
Den Tiger schlagen links

49
右打虎式
You Da Hu Shi
Hit/strike tiger (right)
Den Tiger schlagen rechts

50
回身右蹬脚
Hui Shen You Deng Jiao
Turn Body and Right Heel Kick
Linker Arm wehrt ab und Tritt mit der rechten Ferse

51
双峰灌耳
Shuang Feng Guan Er
Twin Fists Strike Opponents Ears
Auf die Ohren schlagen

52
左蹬脚
Zuo Deng Jiao
Left heel kick
Tritt mit der linken Ferse

53
转身右蹬脚
Zhuan Shen You Deng Jiao
Spin and kick with right heel
Drehen und Tritt mit der rechten Ferse

54
进步搬拦捶
Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui
Twist, deflect, step, parry, punch
Schritt vor, abwehren und schlagen (Fauststoß)

55
如封似闭
Ru Feng Si Bi
Apparent close up
Arme streifen und stoßen

56
十字手
Shi Zi Shou
Cross hands
Hände kreuzen

 

Yang style Tai Chi 108 form (part 3)

 

57
抱虎归山
Bao Hu Gui Shan
Embrace the Tiger and Return to Mountain (also Carry the tiger to the mountain)
Den Tiger umarmen und zum Berg zurückkehren

58
斜单鞭
Xie Dan Bian
Oblique/diagonal single whip
Diagonale Peitsche

59
右野马分鬃
You Ye Ma Fen Zong
Parting Wild Horse’s Mane, Right
Die Mähne des Wildpferds teilen (rechts)

60
左野马分鬃
Zuo Ye Ma Fen Zong
Parting Wild Horse’s Mane, Left
Die Mähne des Wildpferds teilen (links)

61
右野马分鬃
You Ye Ma Fen Zong
Parting Wild Horse’s Mane, Right
Die Mähne des Wildpferds teilen (rechts)

62
左野马分鬃
Zuo Ye Ma Fen Zong
Parting Wild Horse’s Mane, Left
Die Mähne des Wildpferds teilen (links)

63
右野马分鬃
You Ye Ma Fen Zong
Parting Wild Horse’s Mane, Right
Die Mähne des Wildpferds teilen (rechts)

64
左掤
Zuo Peng
Ward-off (Left)
Block links

65
拦雀尾
Lan Que Wei
Grasp the sparrow’s tail
Den Vogel am Schwanz fassen

66
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

67
玉女穿梭
Yu Nu Chuan Suo
Fair Lady works at shuttles (also Jade maiden weaves shuttles (left))
Die Schöne Dame am Webstuhl links

68
玉女穿梭
Yu Nu Chuan Suo
Fair Lady works at shuttles (also Jade maiden weaves shuttles (right))
Die Schöne Dame am Webstuhl rechts

69
玉女穿梭
Yu Nu Chuan Suo
Fair Lady works at shuttles (also Jade maiden weaves shuttles (left))
Die Schöne Dame am Webstuhl links

70
玉女穿梭
Yu Nu Chuan Suo
Fair Lady works at shuttles (also Jade maiden weaves shuttles (right))
Die Schöne Dame am Webstuhl rechts

71
左掤
Zuo Peng
Ward-off (Left)
Block links

72
拦雀尾
Lan Que Wei
Grasp the sparrow’s tail (right)
Den Vogel am Schwanz fassen

73
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

74
云手
Zuo You Yun Shou
Cloud hands (several times)
Wolkenhände

75
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

76
下势
Xia Shi
Snake creeps down
Die Schlange kriecht am Boden

77
左金鸡独立
Zuo Jin Ji Du Li
Golden Rooster stands on left leg
Der goldene Hahn steht auf einem Bein (links)

78
右金鸡独立
You Jin Ji Du Li
Golden Rooster stands on right leg
Der goldene Hahn steht auf einem Bein (rechts)

79
右倒撵猴
Zuo Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (right)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren rechts

80
左倒撵猴
You Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (left)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren links

81
右倒撵猴
Zuo Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (right)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren rechts

82
左倒撵猴
You Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey (left)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren links

83
右倒撵猴
Zuo Dao Nian Hou
Retreat to repulse monkey(right)
Schritt zurück und den Affen abwehren rechts

84
斜飞式
Xie Fei Shi
Oblique/Diagonal flying
Diagonales Fliegen

85
提手上势
Ti Shou Shang Shi
Step up to raise hands
Hände heben

86
白鹤凉翅
Bai He Liang Chi
White Crane spreads its wings
Der weiße Kranich breitet seine Flügel aus

87
左搂膝拗步
Zuo Lou Xi Ao Bu
Brush left knee and push
Linkes Knie streifen und rechts stoßen

88
海底针
Hai Di Zhen
Needle to the bottom of the sea
Die Nadel auf dem Meeresboden

89
扇通背
Shan Tong Bei
Fan through the back
Die Arme zum Fächer ausbreiten

90
转身白蛇吐信
Zhuan Shen Bai She Tu Xin
Turn Body and White Snake Spits out Tongue
Drehung und die weiße Schlange zeigt ihre Zunge

91
进步搬拦捶
Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui
Twist, deflect, step, parry, punch
Schritt vor, abwehren und schlagen (Fauststoß)

92
拦雀尾
Lan Que Wei
Grasp the sparrow’s tail
Den Vogel am Schwanz fassen

93
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

94
云手
Zuo You Yun Shou
Cloud hands (several times)
Wolkenhände

95
高探马
Gao Tan Ma
High pat on horse
Hoher Schlag aufs Pferd

96
穿掌
Chuan Zhang
Palm Thrust
Fingerstich

97
十字腿
Shi Zi Tui
Cross leg kick
Beine kreuzen

98
进步指裆锤
Jin Bu Zhi Dang Chui
Step forward and punch groin
Schritt vor und Schlag in die Leistengegend

99
上步拦雀尾
Shang Bu Lan Que Wei
Walking/Step Forward and Grasp the sparrow’s tail
Schritt vor und den Vogel am Schwanz fassen

100
单鞭
Dan Bian
Single whip
Einfache Peitsche

101
下势
Xia Shi
Snake creeps down
Die Schlange kriecht am Boden

102
上步七星
Shang Bu Qi Xing
Step up to form the seven stars
Schritt vor und Stoß zu den sieben Sternen

103
退步跨虎
Tui Bu Kua Hu
Sit/Step back to ride the tiger
Schritt zurück und den Tiger reiten

104
转身摆莲
Zhuan Shen Bai Lian
Turn body and swing over lotus
Über den Lotus streifen

105
弯弓射虎
Wan Gong She Hu
Draw the bow to shoot the tiger
Den Bogen spannen und auf den Tiger zielen

106
进步搬拦捶
Jin Bu Ban Lan Chui
Twist, deflect, step, parry, punch
Schritt vor, abwehren und schlagen (Fauststoß)

107
如封似闭
Ru Feng Si Bi
Apparent close & counter with push
Arme streifen und stoßen

108
十字手
Shi Zi Shou
Cross hands
Hände kreuzen

 

Now if you want to print the Tai Chi 108 form movement names, I actually prepared a PDF file for you with the names in Chinese, Pinyin and English. Because printing this blog post probably wouldn’t be as pretty. Just download the PDF here.

Yang style Tai Chi 108 form: PDF with moves in Chinese and English

And then I have some links for you with additional information:

Now I hope that I can help you with the list of the Tai Chi 108 form names in Chinese etc. However, I’d like to note that I do not speak Chinese. Thus if you see a mistake, feel free to contact me to correct it! And if you know any other language, feel free to contact me so I can add your mothertongue, too!

And of course have fun practicing the Taijiquan form. Practice your Tai Chi exercises. Actually if you want to make sure that you practice the most important moves more than the other moves, find out which are the most important move in the Tai Chi 108 form.

Happy Qi!

Angelika

 

Merken

Merken

Merken

Merken

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *