Yang long Form

                               Strong Body, Still Mind

At the heart of Tai Chi Chuan is a series of coordinated and linked movements known as the form. The art is perhaps most famous for its forms. Almost everyone who sees their movements associates correctly with Tai Chi Chuan. They are distinctive as they are unique, and few mistake them for being anything else. When a form is executed accurately, it radiates an image of perpetual motion within a circular frame. Practitioners are deeply engaged with their practise, oblivious to distractions, and thus those who might be watching describe the art as a moving meditation.

Beginners to art will start by learning the John Ding short form and then traditional Yang family form as taught by Master John Ding.  This a concise and methodical approach.

The form contains within it flowing circular movements. Carrying them out in a relaxed body devoid of muscular tension not only allows the internal energy to be harnessed, but also gives Chi direction, so that it can flow naturally with in the body.

Forms, especially the empty-handed type, provide the ideal skeleton from which large amounts of detailed information can hang. Tai Chi Form allows one to learn the common principles and concepts and apply them in ones practise.

Here at Energy works we use posture testing to consolidate knowledge from the form. It is said that once the principles and concepts are integrated well within the form the chi will flow freely. It is through this natural flow that our, movements and postures derive natural strength and intrinsic stability.

Whilst we put much emphasis on Tai Chi Chuan principles and cultivation of health benefits, we must always remember the arts  martial origins. Hidden within the movements are  logical and practical combat applications.

Students begin by learning the John Ding Short form,  then the traditional Yang family long form, students then progress to learn the Ying Yang concept of the form and open and closed aspects of the form and Tui Shou. The syllabus can be viewed at


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