Chen Style 18 Form

The Chen style 18 form was created by Grand Master Chen Zhenglei, a 19th generation descendant of the Chen family, the 11th generation direct-line successor of Chen family Taijiquan. He is one of the “Four Buddha Warriors of the Chen Village” and is certified as 8th Duan by the Chinese Wushu Association Duan Wei System. The Chen 18 Form is suited to beginner students as a simplified version of the 74 Form, Laojia Yi Lu. It has all of the elements of Chen style Tai Chi, yet takes less time to learn and the sequence is easier to follow.

Training with Master Wang Hai-Jun, Eighteen-Step Form written by Nick Gudge

Master Chen Huixian – 18 Form in Step by Step Photographs

For our student resources visit this page for more clips of the Chen 18 Form.

Chen 18 Form

  1. Preparing form – yu bei shi
  2. Buddha’s warrior attendant pounds mortar – jīn gang dao duì
  3. Lazily tying coat – lan zha yī
  4. Six sealings and four closings – liù fēng sì bì
  5. Single whip – dān biān
  6. White crane spreads its wing – s bái hè liàng chì
  7. Diagonal posture – xié xíng
  8. Brush knee – lōu xī
  9. Step to both sides – qián táng ào bù
  10. Hidden hand thrust punch – yan shou hōng chuí
  11. High pat on the horse – gao tan ma
  12. Left heel kick – zuo deng yi gen
  13. Jade maiden works the shuttle – you nu chuan suō
  14. Cloud hands – yun shou
  15. Turn body, double lotus kick – zhuan shen, bai lian
  16. Double cannon fists overhead – shuang tou pao
  17. Buddha’s warrior attendant pounds mortar – jin gang dao duì
  18. Finishing form – shōu shì

Here is a clip of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei performing the Chen 18 Form:


Live Online Chen Tai Chi

Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing Chen style Tai Chi with her students. Following the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei she provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. The types of live online lessons offered are Chen Tai Chi for previous students/those with experience and Hibernating Bear Tai Chi. Learn authentic healthy movements in your own home and join Nicola’s community of students on a journey to improved health and wellbeing.

Nicola helps students progress through the traditional principles of Chen style silk reeling and the empty hand forms, teaching through a hands-on method rather than ‘watch and follow‘. Lessons start with traditional Chen warm up exercises that loosen every major joint in the body. Next a Qigong breathing session, focusing on relaxation, softening the body, lowering the heart rate and slowing the breath. Progressing to ‘Standing Practice’ (Zhan Zhuang), a static Qigong posture as a meditation and stillness exercise. Moving onto Silk Reeling Drills, the signature movement of Chen style and then the main content of her lessons covers the empty hand form.


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