Tai Ji Quan

The Wu/Cheng Hand Form

The Complete Sequence

In order to get a comprehensive analysis of the structure of the hand form, I need to have a comprehensive, detailed listing of the sequence of the moves, with all of the repetitions made explicit. The following list shows the complete sequence of the Wu/Cheng hand form.

  1. Wuji
  2. Ready Stance
  3. Beginning Taiji
  4. Raise Hands and Step Up (Left)
  5. San Ti (Right)
  6. Grasping Bird's Tail
  7. Single Whip
  8. Flying Oblique
  9. Raise Hands and Step Up (Right)
  10. White Crane Flaps Its Wings
  11. San Ti (Left)
  12. Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  13. San Ti (Left)
  14. Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  15. Brush Knee Twist Step (Left)
  16. Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  17. San Ti (Left)
  18. Strum the Lute
  19. (Step Up) Hammer Fist
  20. Parry and Punch
  21. As If Shutting a Door
  22. Embrace Tiger and Return to Mountain
  23. Cross Hands
  24. (Oblique) Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  25. (Turn) Brush Knee Twist Step (Left)
  26. San Ti (Right)
  27. Grasping Bird's Tail
  28. (Oblique) Single Whip
  29. Fist Under Elbow
  30. Step Back Repulse Monkey (Left)
  31. Step Back Repulse Monkey (Right)
  32. Step Back Repulse Monkey (Left)
  33. (Step Through) Flying Oblique
  34. Raise Hands and Step Up (Right)
  35. White Crane Flaps Its Wings
  36. San Ti (Left)
  37. Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  38. San Ti (Left)
  39. Needle at Sea Bottom
  40. Fan Through the Back
  41. (Step Back) Swing the Fist
  42. Hammer Fist
  43. Parry and Punch
  44. High Pat the Horse (Right)
  45. (Step Up) Grasping Bird's Tail
  46. Single Whip
  47. Cloud Hands
  48. Cloud Hands
  49. Single Whip
  50. High Pat the Horse (Right)
  51. Turn the Body (to the Left)
  52. Kick Out in a Curve (to the Right)
  53. High Pat the Horse (Left)
  54. Turn the Body (to the Right)
  55. Kick Out in a Curve (to the Left)
  56. (Half) Turn and Pedal (with the Left)
  57. Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  58. Brush Knee Twist Step (Left)
  59. (Step Up) Parry and Punch (Down)
  60. (Turn) Swing the Fist
  61. (Step Up) High Pat the Horse (Right)
  62. Turn the Body (to the Left)
  63. Kick Out in a Curve (to the Right)
  64. (Step Back) San Ti (Left)
  65. Step Back to Strike the Tiger
  66. Twist the Body and Kick
  67. Box the Ears
  68. Turn the Body (to the Right)
  69. Kick Out in a Curve (to the Left)
  70. (Full) Turn and Pedal (with the Right)
  71. Swing the Fist
  72. (Step Up) Hammer Fist
  73. Parry and Punch
  74. As If Shutting a Door
  75. Embrace Tiger and Return to Mountain
  76. Cross Hands
  77. (Oblique) Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  78. (Turn) Brush Knee Twist Step (Left)
  79. San Ti (Right)
  80. Grasping Birds Tail
  81. (Oblique) Single Whip
  82. San Ti (Right)
  83. Parting the Wild Horses Mane (Right)
  84. San Ti (Right)
  85. Parting the Wild Horses Mane (Right)
  86. Parting the Wild Horses Mane (Left)
  87. Parting the Wild Horses Mane (Right)
  88. San Ti (Right)
  89. Parting the Wild Horses Mane (Right)
  90. Fair Lady Works the Shuttles (Left)
  91. (Turn) Fair Lady Works the Shuttles (Right)
  92. San Ti (Right)
  93. Parting the Wild Horses Mane (Right)
  94. Fair Lady Works the Shuttles (Left)
  95. (Turn) Fair Lady Works the Shuttles (Right)
  96. San Ti (Right)
  97. Grasping Bird's Tail
  98. Single Whip
  99. Cloud Hands
  100. Cloud Hands
  101. Single Whip
  102. Snake Creeps Down
  103. Golden Cockerel Stands on One Leg
  104. White Snake Spits Out Its Tongue
  105. Golden Cockerel Stands on One Leg
  106. Step Back Repulse Monkey (Left)
  107. Step Back Repulse Monkey (Right)
  108. Step Back Repulse Monkey (Left)
  109. (Step Back) Flying Oblique
  110. Raise Hands and Step Up (Right)
  111. White Crane Flaps Its Wings
  112. San Ti (Left)
  113. Brush Knee Twist Step (Right)
  114. San Ti (Left)
  115. Needle at Sea Bottom
  116. Fan Through the Back
  117. Swing the Fist
  118. (Step Up) Hammer Fist
  119. Parry and Punch
  120. High Pat the Horse (Right)
  121. (Step Up) Grasping Birds Tail
  122. Single Whip
  123. Cloud Hands
  124. Cloud Hands
  125. Single Whip
  126. High Pat the Horse (Right)
  127. Slap the Face
  128. Single Sweep the Lotus
  129. Brush Knee Twist Step (Left)
  130. (Step Up) Parry and Punch (Under)
  131. High Pat the Horse (Right)
  132. (Step Up) Grasping Birds Tail
  133. Single Whip
  134. Snake Creeps Down
  135. Step Up to Seven Stars
  136. Step Back to Ride the Tiger
  137. Slap the Face
  138. Double Sweep the Lotus
  139. Draw the Bow to Shoot the Tiger
  140. High Pat the Horse (Right)
  141. Slap the Face
  142. (Turn) Swing the Fist
  143. (Step Up) High Pat the Horse (Right)
  144. (Step Up) Grasping Bird's Tail
  145. Single Whip
  146. Concluding Taiji
  147. Ready Stance
  148. Wuji

Readers familiar with the traditional sequence as taught by Sifu Cameron may rest assured that this is the standard sequence as I was taught it by him. However, the list explicitly includes all repetitions, with some moves analyzed into slightly smaller components than is usual, also with some moves renamed to avoid confusion during discussion. This results in a list that might be longer than expected - let me reiterate, the form itself is the usual Wu/Cheng form.