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Chen Family Old Frame Taijiquan
Chen Family Old Frame Taijiquan is the ancestor of all Taiji styles. Like every legitimate Taiji style, it is a martial art, not new-age meditation. The basic exercises provide health benefits to people of any physical condition, though advanced levels of training are mentally and physically demanding.
The system encompasses a wide variety of training methods that are performed solo or with a partner, and contain both slow and fast movements. These include:
- Post standing ~ (zhan zhuang)
- First form ~ (lao jia yi lu)
- Second form ~ (lao jia er lu), also called
"cannon bashing" ~ (pao chui)
- Single sword ~ (dan jian)
- Single saber ~ (dan dao)
- Double sword ~ (shuang jian)
- Double saber ~ (shuang dao)
- Spring-Autumn glaive ~ (chun qiu yan yue dao)
- “Five tigers swarming sheep” staff ~ (wu hu qun yang gun)
- Long pole (form) ~ (da gan)
- Three-opponent staff tapping ~ (san ren gan dui ting)
- Pear blossom spear with white ape staff ~ (li hua qiang jia bai yuan gun)
- Taiji ball ~ (Taiji qiu)
- Ruler ~ (xing gong bang)
- Pole shaking ~ (dou gun zi)
- Push-hands ~ (tui shou)
- Joint locking and grappling ~ (na fa)
The empty-hand forms contain the core principles of Chen Family Taijiquan: silk reeling