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The 42 Posture Competition Form

Copied from The Dao of Taijiquan, Way to Rejuvenation by Jou, Tsung Hwa, published by Tai Chi Foundation.

This form was developed in 1989 and is based on the Yang style, but also includes moves and components from the other major styles (Chen, Wu, Sun) as well as techniques from Push Hands practice. For more information about this form, try the articles by Dr. Paul Lam and Siu-Fong Evans. The first section shows technique and style by opening with Grasp the Sparrow's Tail while again gently stretching the limbs as in the 24 posture form, the second opens with the Sun style's classic Opening and Closing posture and ends with the first climax using the Chen style's Cover with Hand and Punch with Fist and Parting Wild Horse's Mane, the third starts with easier moves immediately following the first climax then more difficult movements, the fourth contains the second climax with moves like Body Thrust with Half Horse Stance, Turn Body with Full Roll Back and Hold and Punch in Crossed Squatting Stance using some easier moves to wind down and finish.

Section 1

  1. Commencing
  2. Right Grasp Sparrow's Tail
  3. Left Single Whip
  4. Lift Hand
  5. White Crane Spreads Wings
  6. Brush Knee and Step Forward (2)
  7. Sidle and Punch
  8. Roll-back and Press Posture
  9. Step Forward, Deflect Downward, Intercept and Punch
  10. Withdraw and Push

Section 2

  1. Open and Close Hands
  2. Right Single Whip
  3. Fist Under Elbow
  4. Turn Body and Push (2)
  5. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles (2)
  6. Right and Left Heel Kicks
  7. Hidden Hand Upper Arm Rolls Punch
  8. Mustang Ruffles Its Mane (2)

Section 3

  1. Cloud Hands (3)
  2. Stand Up and Hit Tiger
  3. Separate Right Foot
  4. Strike Ears with Both Hands
  5. Separate Left Foot
  6. Turn Around and Tap Right Foot
  7. Step Up and Punch Downward
  8. Diagonal Flying Posture
  9. Single Whip Downward Posture
  10. Golden Pheasant Stands with One Leg (2)
  11. Withdraw Step and Thrust Left Palm

Section 4

  1. Empty Step and Pressing Palm
  2. Lift Right Leg and Right Palm Up
  3. Left Shoulder Strike with Horse Stance
  4. Turn Body and Strike with Hand
  5. Capture and Punch in an Empty Step
  6. Thrust Palm and Sweep Down
  7. Step Up to Form the Seven Stars of the Dipper
  8. Step Back to Ride the Tiger
  9. Turn Around and Sweep Lotus with One Leg
  10. Shoot Tiger with Bow
  11. Left Grasp Sparrow's Tail
  12. Cross Hands
  13. Conclusion of the Form