Old Frame Yang Family Taijiquan

World Tai Chi Day occurs on the final Saturday every April. In celebration, we would like to present the Old Frame Yang Family Taijiquan as taught by Bill Parkinson (living master). This is very exciting as there is little material on Old Frame Taiji that you may find on the internet. We also hope that these descriptions will help those who are learning the Old Frame commit it to heart.

Additional resources for learning Old Frame Taijiquan will become available in the future.

Simple Form

Wuji (Tao)
Wuji becomes Taiji (Yin and Yang)
Circle of Light

The Opening
Grasp the Bird’s Tail, Right Peng

  1. Crane
  2. Ward Off to the right

Grasp the Bird’s Tail, Left Peng

  1. Crane
  2. Ward Off to the Left

The Waves Go In, The Waves Go Out

  1. Rollback
  2. Rear strike
  3. Press
  4. Release
  5. Push

Single Whip

  1. Push
  2. Crane’s Beak
  3. Parry and Sink
  4. Rotate
  5. Whip to the Right
  6. Parry
  7. Toe trap
  8. Strike Left

Play Guitar (Right hand leads)
Rear strike
Elbow Strike
Crane Spreads Wings
Play Guitar (Left hand leads)
Stroking the Wild Horse’s Mane
Slant Flying or Air Swimming (Four diagonal steps forward)
Stroking the Wild Horse’s Mane

Step forward into Hammer
Sweep the Leg into Ram
Apparent Closing

  1. Knee Block (lock elbows)
  2. Circle of Light right
  3. Peer Over Mountain left


Second Form

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain
The Waves Go In, The Waves Go Out
Single Whip (Strike and Toe Trap simultaneously)
Pivot Left
Tiger Claw
Repulse Monkey (Four steps back)
Stroking the Wild Horses Mane
Needle at the Bottom of the Sea
Circle of Light
Back Fist – Step back right leg
Sweep the leg into Ram
The Waves Go In, The Waves Go Out
Single Whip
Wave Hands Like Clouds (two and a half steps to left)
Whip and parry
Palm strike
Right leg Front Kick – Blocking Kick
Duck – Circle of Light
Left leg Front Kick – Rotate to the left
Toe Trap
Dragon Stomp
Slant Flying (x2)
Ram to the ground
Step out – Hammer (to the right)
Step back (right foot)
Sweep the leg into Ram
Right leg Front Kick – Step onto right
Throwing the Tiger (2x with open hands)
Striking the Tiger (2x with closed hands)
High Block
Duck
Circle of Light
Left leg Front Kick
Knee
Wind to the Ears
Part the Curtain Right

  1. Part right hand
  2. Draw both hands in
  3. Double throat strike with weight shift Right
  4. Rotate right

Right leg Front Kick
Knee
Wind to the Ears
Turn Around Left with High Block
Duck
Circle of Light
Left leg Front Kick – Step onto left
Ram
Apparent Closing

Third Form

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain
The Waves Go In, The Waves Go Out
Single Whip (Palm Strike to left)
Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane
Repeat (other side)
Repeat again (other side)
Grasping the Bird’s Tail Right Peng
Grasping the Bird’s Tail Left Peng
The Waves Go In, The Waves Go Out
Single Whip (Palm Strike)
The Fair Lady Works the Shuttles

  1. Pivot on right heel with Right Crane
  2. Step forward left with Left Crane
  3. Step behind with right and pivot with “T” Block
  4. Right Crane
  5. Step forward right with Left Crane
  6. Step behind with left and “T” Block
  7. Pivot out into Right Crane
  8. Step back to Left Crane heel up
  9. Settle on left foot to “T” Block
  10. Right Crane

Grasp the Bird’s Tail Left Peng
The Waves Go In, The  Waves Go Out
Single Whip (Palm Strike)
Wave Hands Like Clouds (two and a half steps to right)
Whip and Parry
Snake Creeps Down
Golden Cock Stands On One Leg
Sep forward with right
Dragon Stomp left into
Repulse Monkey (x4)
Stroking the Wild Horse’s Mane
Needle at the Bottom of the Sea
Circle of Light
White Snake’s Tongue Leaps Out
Step forward towards the left – Ram
Step forward – Throw
The Waves Go In, The Waves Go Out
Single Whip (1/4 turn)
Stroking the Wild Horses Mane
Slant Flying (Palm Strikes; 4th step is a left leg Kick)
Repulse Monkey (Palm Strikes; 2 steps back)
Stroking the Wild Horses Mane
Step forward into Hammer
Sweep the Leg into Ram
Apparent Closing
End of Taiji, Return to Wuji

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