I practice and teach the Yang Style Long Form that I learned from Sifu Wong Jackman. Everyone who learns Tai Chi, learns a form. The form is sequence of movements including stepping, various arm movements, stances and postures. This is the central part of Tai Chi practice for most people. Its what they do every day for exercise.
This form is called a "long form". It is "long" both in terms of its movements dimensions, and in terms of its length, meaning the number of postures contained in the form. Most Tai Chi players learn a short form. Short Forms are usually upright with the feet placed closer together creating a higher narrower stance. Long forms place the feet further apart and create a lower, longer stance. Short forms also keep the hands closer to the body with elbows bent. Long forms use more extended arm movements. Short forms can be as few as 13 postures, but common ones are 24 moves, and 48 moves long. This long form has 108+ moves. It is the grandfather of the short forms and the one that they were created from. If you are already familiar with Tai Chi you may notice that some of the techniques are also more complex than those found in the short forms.
Long forms are far more strenuous than short forms, they develop your strength, flexibility, balance and concentration more than shorter forms. I feel a greater sensation of my Qi moving and achieve a deeper state of meditation doing the long form.
I hope you will discover the Tai Chi long form for yourself and benefit from learning and practicing it as I have!
Please note that I do not perform the entire long form in these videos. These sections will give you a great feeling for the form however.
These are videos of Sifu Scott Jensen of the 10,000 Victories School of Kung Fu performing the Tai Chi Chuan Sword (Tai Ji Quan Jian) form, from the Chen Pan Ling style of Tai Chi, taught by his son, Chen Yun Ching, of Taiwan. This is not the standard Yang Family Tai Chi form so it won't look like it!
Tai Chi sword forms fall into two broad categories those that focus on Qi development and are extensions of the empty hand movements holding a sword and those that are actually designed for fighting and feature the classic sword techniques performed with a Tai Chi style. This sword falls into the second categories and has one beautiful classic posture, or technique, after another.
My understanding of the origin of this form relates to the origin of the Tai Chi 99 Combined Form taught by Chen Pan Ling. Chen Pan Ling was considered to be one of the most knowledgeable martial arts masters in Taiwan. He was also prominent politically and close to the government of Chiang Kai Shek. The Chinese Republican government, perhaps inspired by the Chin Wu Association, created a standardized curriculum at the Central Kuo Shu academy using committees of recognized masters to create new forms combining all the best moves of the old systems, retaining and enhancing both the health and combat value of the arts. These forms were all documented in books and in wall posters. But in the chaos of the Civil War, all of it was lost.
Chen Pan Ling had been one of the senior advisers on this project and continued this work in Taiwan. The Tai Chi 99 combines moves from all the main styles of Tai Chi, yet, has an integrated feel all its own. This sword form compliments, and is connected to that form of Tai Chi. Fortunately Chen Pan Ling retained these forms and taught them to his sons, especially Chen Yun Ching. Many of the weapons forms that Chen Yun Ching teaches originated in this fashion.
Having personally studied many weapons in diverse Kung Fu styles I love and respect these forms for their combination of correct classical martial skills, complete repertoire of techniques, integrity of style, and beautiful choreography. They are all really magnificent and worth learning.
I love the Northern Shaolin Ground Rolling Double Saber Form that Sifu Wong Jackman taught me! It is certainly one of my favorites to perform and compete with. It has an awesome rolling flow to the cutting techniques and many diverse techniques and movements. This form is longer, more difficult and more complex than many other Double Sabers forms. It also has some dramatic and difficult movements like the Tornado kick with both sabers tucked behind your back and the famous ground rolling.
I should mention that this is a trademark move of the Northern Shaolin system that has been adopted by modern Wu Shu and many modern choreographers. You can see it Kill Bill when the bride fights the crazy 88s in the restaurant.