• The 13 Postures

The 13 Postures is a short set of movement which introduces the core movements and ideas of Tai Chi Chuan. Though simpler than the Open Hand Form (First Duan, etc…) it encapsulates many core ideas  of both Tai Chi and Taoism and is worthy of much study. The 13...

• Circles and Squares

Another core idea is that one uses: Circles to Deflect, Squares to Attack This means that moves that are considered offensive will follow straight lines. Moves that are defensive will be circular. Defensive Moves are Ward Off and Roll Back. These two moves are...

• Why 13 Postures?

A quick answer is because there are 13 postures in the form: 1st segment: Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail, Seal it Closed 2nd segment: Drag Down, Brush Knee, Play the Pipa 3rd segment: Pluck or Drag Down, Twist the Joint, Elbow Strike, Shoulder Strike, Ward Off, Roll Back,...