Cheng Man-ch'ing is best known in the West for his 37 form t'ai chi ch'uan. The following are some of the characteristics of his "Yang-style short form".


  1. Preparation
  2. Beginning
  3. Ward Off, Left
  4. Ward Off, Right
  5. Roll Back
  6. Squeeze
  7. Push (Postures 3 through 7 are known as "Grasping the Sparrow's Tail"
  8. Single Whip
  9. Raise Hands
  10. Shoulder Stroke
  11. White Crane Stretches Its Wings
  12. Brush Knee Left
  13. Play Guitar (Followed by Brush Knee Left)
  14. Step Up and Block
  15. Parry and Punch
  16. Apparent Close-up
  17. Cross Hands
  18. Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain (followed by Roll Back, Squeeze, Push, then corner Single Whip)
  19. Fist Under Elbow
  20. Step Back and Repulse Monkey, Right
  21. Step Back and Repulse Monkey, Left (Followed by three more Repulse Monkeys: Right, Left, and Right)
  22. Diagonal Flying
  23. Wave Hands Like Clouds, Left
  24. Wave Hands Like Clouds, Right (Followed by three more cloud hands left, right, left, to Single Whip)
  25. Single Whip, Lower Style (Also known as "Snake Creeps Up" (or Down))
  26. Golden Cock Stands on One Leg, Right
  27. Golden Cock Stands on One Leg, Left
  28. Separation of the Right Foot
  29. Separation of the Left Foot
  30. Turn Body and Kick With Heel (This posture is followed by Brush Knee, Left and then Brush Knee, Right)
  31. Step Forward and Punch (Followed by Ward-off Right, Roll Back, Squeeze, Push and Single Whip)
  32. Fair Lady Weaves (Works) Shuttle I- A textbook example of how defense precedes offense in Tai Chi
  33. Fair Lady Weaves (Works) Shuttle II (Followed by two more Fair Ladies, Grasping the Sparrow's Tail, Single Whip and Snake Creeps Down)
  34. Step Up to Seven Stars
  35. Retreat to Ride Tiger
  36. Turn Body Sweep Lotus Leg
  37. Bend Bow Shoot Tiger (The form is close out by step up, block, parry and punch followed by Apparent Close-up, Cross Hands and Close)

See also Soft Answer Taichi


Yang Style 37 Tai Chi Chuan - 1st Place Women Champion - 2014

Cheng Man-ch'ing demonstrates the Yang Style 37 Tai Chi Chuan

Rare video of Prof. Cheng Man Ching demonstrating the 37 Form.

A video of Li Meixiu circa 1997.

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