Tai Chi 13 is the original form created by Zhang Sanfeng himself, consisting of thirteen steps, eight hand- and five body-movements.

The Steps:

  1. Initial phase 起勢 (Qǐ shì)
  2. Hugging a ball 抱球勢 (Bào qiú shì)
  3. Single push hand 單推勢 (Dān tuī shì)
  4. Exploring 探勢 (Tàn shì)
  5. Hold in the hand palm 托勢 (Tuō shì)
  6. Flap 撲勢 (Pū shì)
  7. Carry 担勢 (Dān shì)
  8. Seperate 分勢 (Fēn shì)
  9. Surge 澜勢 (Lán shì)
  10. Dissolving 化勢 (Huà shì )
  11. Push with both hands 雙推勢 (Shuāng tuī shì)
  12. Press down下勢 (Xià shì)
  13. Finishing phase 收勢 (Shōu shì)

The Hand Movements:

  1. Peng – Parry
  2. Lu – Retraction
  3. Ji – Press
  4. An – Push from side
  5. Zai – Pluck
  6. Lie – Divide
  7. Zhou – Ellbow
  8. Gao – Shoulder

The Body Movements:

  1. Qian Jin – Forward
  2. Hou Tui – Backward
  3. Zhao Gu – Gaze left
  4. Yuo Ban – Look right
  5. Zhong Ding – Balance
Tai Chi 13 presentation from Master Chen Shiyu:
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