Chen Style Weapons Forms

Chen Style incorporates many different weapons

Chen Weapons Forms

Weapons forms are beautiful and fun to practice and will enhance your tai chi practice. Learning weapons forms will enhance your hand-forms and visa versa. Where open-hand forms concentrate on working within the body, the weapon forms allow you to push beyond the body and work without. Each weapon has a diffrent weight: light; medium or heavy, a diffrent form: blunt; edged; pointed; short or long or action: thrust, chop, block etc. Learning to balance these extra variables with the body is what is important. Its fair to say we don't walk around empty handed all the time. So learning to maintain our center and balance when carrying and using objects has got to be good practice on or off the battlefield.

Single Broadsword ("The Thirteen Broadswords")

The Chen Style Broadsword form has 23 postures which can be classified into 13 diffrent actions. These actions are: Rolling, Closing, Pricking, Blocking, Cutting, Hacking, Scooping, Cross Cutting, Twisting, Shaking, Supporting, Slicing and Tilting. It is classified as a short weapon but can be used as a long weapon. It balanced hardness with softness, quickness and slowness and utilises dodging, transfers, relaxation and nimbleness.

Number English
S1 P01 Standing Form
S1 P02 Heart Protecting Broadsword
S1 P03 Green Dragon Comes Out Of Water
S1 P04 The Wind Scattering The Broken Flowers
S1 P05 The White Cloud Right Over head
S1 P06 Black Tiger Searches The Mountains
S1 P07 Suqin Carries The Sword On His Back
S1 P08 Golden Cockrail Stands On One Leg
S1 P09 Roll And Close To Coming Force
S1 P10 Horizontally Cut The White Snakes Waist
S1 P11 Three Rings Surrounding The Sun
S1 P12 Dispel The Clouds And See The Sun
S1 P13 Beat Grass To Look For The Snake On The Left
S1 P14 Beat Grass To look For The Snake On The Right
S1 P15 Green Dragon Comes Out Of The Water
S1 P16 The Wind Scatters The Broken Flowers
S1 P17 The Wild Goose Inserts Golden Wings
S1 P18 Yecha Searches The Sea
S1 P19 Turn Over Body Leftward To Cut
S1 P20 Turn Over Body Rightward To Cut
S1 P21 White Snake Spits Out Its Tongue
S1 P22 Holding The Moon In The Arms
S1 P23 Finishing Form

Single Straight Sword

The Chen Style Single Sword form has 49 postures which can be classified into 13 diffrent actions. These actions are: Thrusting, Cutting, Scooping, Hanging, Pointing,  Wiping, Supporting, Propping, Sweeping, Intercepting, Pricking, Pushing, Transforming. IT balances hardness with softness, quickness and slowness and utilises concealing and appearing, dodging and transferring.

Number English
S1 P01 Starting Form Of Taijiquan
S1 P02 Face-the-sun Sword
S1 P03 The Celestial Points The Way Out
S1 P04 Green Dragon Rises From The Water
S1 P05 The Guarding Knee Sword
S1 P06 Closing The Door
S1 P07 Green Dragon Rises From The Water
S1 P08 Turn Body Over To Hack Sword
S1 P09 Green Dragon Turns Its Body
S1 P10 Oblique Flying
S1 P11 Spread Wing And Nod Head
S1 P12 Beat Greasses To Look For The Snake
S1 P13 Golden Cockrail Stands On One Leg
S1 P14 The Celistial Points The Way Out
S1 P15 Covering And Intercepting Form
S1 P16 An Ancient Tree With Twisted Roots
S1 P17 Tiger Pounces On Pray
S1 P18 Green Dragon Swings Its Tail
S1 P19 Step Backwards And Swirl Arms
S1 P20 Wild Hourse Jumps Over A Gully
S1 P21 White Snake Spits Its Tongue
S1 P22 Black Dragon Swings Its Tail
S1 P23 Zhongkui Raises The Sword
S1 P24 The Arhat Tame The Dragon
S1 P25 Black Bear Turns Back
S1 P26 The Swallow Pecks At The Mud
S1 P27 White Snake Spits Its Tongue
S1 P28 Oblique Flying
S1 P29 Battle Of Wits Between The Eagle And The Bear
S1 P30 The Swallow Pecks At The Mud
S1 P31 Pluck The Stars To Exchange The Plough
S1 P32 Scoop Up The Moon From The Bottom Of The Sea
S1 P33 The Celestial Points The Way
S1 P34 The Phoenix Nods Its Head
S1 P35 The Swallow Pecks The Mud
S1 P36 White Snake Spits Its Tongue
S1 P37 Oblique Fliying
S1 P38 Hold The Weighty Leftwards
S1 P39 Hold The Weighty Rightwards
S1 P40 The Swallow Pecks At The Mud
S1 P41 White Ape Presents Fruit
S1 P42 Flowers Falling Form
S1 P43 Thrusting Up And Down
S1 P44 Flying Obliquely
S1 P45 Nezha Searches The Sea
S1 P46 Python Turns Over Its Body
S1 P47 Weituo Presents A Pestle
S1 P48 The Mill Stone Sword
S1 P49 Finishing Form

Spear (Pear-Flower Spear and White Ape Staff)

The Chen Spear form has 72 postures which can be classified into 13 diffrent actions. These actions are: Open, Close, Burst, Split, Dot, Bind, Poke, Hold Up, Coil, Lead, Slip, Intercept and Stab. It is classified as a long weapon. The form not only contains postures from the application of the spear but those borrowed from the staff as both sharp and blunt ends of the spear are used.

Number English
S1 P01 Ye Cha (Night Ghost) ExploresThe Sea
S1 P02 Full Martial Flower
S1 P03 Mid-level Horizontal Thrust
S1 P04 Three Swift Thrusts
S1 P05 High-level Horizontal Thrust
S1 P06 Rolling Up The Beaded Curtain Backwards
S1 P07 Lower-level Horizontal Thrust
S1 P08 Downward Thrust
S1 P09 Black Dragon Presents Its Claws
S1 P10 Step Forward And Downward Thrust
S1 P11 Sweep The Floor To Thrust
S1 P12 Side Block
S1 P13 Two Hits Forward
S1 P14 Yellow Dragon Nods The Shaft
S1 P15 Horizontal Circle Swing
S1 P16 Half Marital Flower
S1 P17 Blocking Thrusts At Waist Level
S1 P18 Turn Around, Half Martial Flower
S1 P19 Pressing Snake To The Ground
S1 P20 Tilt The Spear
S1 P21 Downward Thrust
S1 P22 Two Covering Thrusts
S1 P23 Wave Banner And Sweep To Left
S1 P24 Spear Point To The Sky
S1 P25 Wave Banner And Sweep To Right
S1 P26 Iron Ox Plows Field
S1 P27 Turn Around, Half Martial Flower
S1 P28 Dripping Water Thrust
S1 P29 Two Covering Thrusts
S1 P30 Ride Dragon Thrust
S1 P31 Step Forward And Part Grass To Look For Snake
S1 P32 White Ape Steps Back And Looks For Spear
S1 P33 Black Dragon Turns Around And Enters Den
S1 P34 Take Back The Pipa
S1 P35 Two Hits Forward
S1 P36 Wave Banner And Sweep Ground
S1 P37 Mount Tai Crushes Egg
S1 P38 Turn Around, Half Martial Flower
S1 P39 Cat Springs On Mouse
S1 P40 Thrust From Left
S1 P41 Thrust From Right
S1 P42 Turn Around To Deliver Thrust
S1 P43 Heel Kick
S1 P44 Single Hand Thrust
S1 P45 Full Martial Flower
S1 P46 Er Lang Carries The Mountain
S1 P47 Turn Around, Half Martial Flower
S1 P48 Lower Side Thrust
S1 P49 Turn Around, Half Martial Flower
S1 P50 Falcon Diving On Quail
S1 P51 Left Sweeping Thrust
S1 P52 Heel Kick
S1 P53 Downward Thrust
S1 P54 Full Marital Flower
S1 P55 Er Lang Carries The Mountain
S1 P56 Half Martial Flower
S1 P57 Fair Lady Threads Needle
S1 P58 Jade Lady Works Shuttle
S1 P59 Assassin’s Thrust
S1 P60 Turn Around And Hit
S1 P61 Full Martial Flower
S1 P62 Protect The Knee
S1 P63 Two Covering Thrusts
S1 P64 Black Dragon sways its tail
S1 P65 Forward Hit
S1 P66 Forward Hit Again
S1 P67 Thrust To Left
S1 P68 Block To Right
S1 P69 Half Martial Flower
S1 P70 Old Man Fishing
S1 P71 Turn Around And Downward Thrust
S1 P72 Finish

Fan (Static)

The beginner Chen style Tai Chi fan form was formed by Master Liming Yue and based on the Chen style Tai Chi form and applications of sabre and sword and is a fixed set of movements for the beginner to work to.

Number English
S1 P01 First Movement
... ...
S1 P11 Last Movement

Fan (Dynamic)

Continuing on from the beginner Chen style Tai Chi fan form is the intermediate Chen style Tai Chi Fan form containing an extra 7 postures and adaptations to the original 11 postures. This is more a dynamic form and has various alternative movements available to it.

Number English
S1 P01 First Movement
... ...
S1 P18 Last Movement