42-form tai chi chuan
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The 42 Form (Competition Form) t'ai chi ch'uan is the standard Wushu competition form which combines movements drawn from the Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun styles of traditional T'ai chi ch'uan (Taijiquan). It was created in 1989 by grandmaster Li De Yin for the Chinese Sports Committee. The 42-form has been subjected to criticism for being a hybrid form, but in actual practice it has received a lot of positive attention as well, for being a challenging, fluid form which loads the body with energy (qi). Today it is a popular form for competition as well as for personal health benefits.
At the 11th Asian Games of 1990, Wushu was included as an item for competition for the first time with the 42 Form being chosen to represent T'ai chi.
- Tai Chi Competition and the Competition 42 Forms - includes the names of each of the 42 steps, and explanations of its inner meaning by Dr. Paul Lam.
- Book cover with short bio: Li De Yin.
- History of Tai Chi 42 competition Form - This Combined set routine incorporates movements drawn from the Sun, Wu, Chen, and Yang styles of traditional Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) the “Supreme Ultimate Fist”
- http://www.taiji.de/taiji/head5_6/42-form.mpg - video of the 42 Form
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