Learn 24 Yang Style Tai Chi
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Learn 24 Yang Style Tai Chi

Be successful in learning the most popular style of Tai Chi, the 24 Yang Style Tai Chi form set.
4.7 (290 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,980 students enrolled
Created by Susan Thompson
Last updated 12/2018
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This course includes
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Move through the most popular style of Tai Chi - Yang 24 Style Tai Chi
  • Letting go of perfectionism. Embracing enjoyment!

Learn the 24 Yang Style Tai Chi form set with these easy to understand lessons.  Susan will take you through a step by step process, with plenty of practice opportunities to learn all 24 movements in the Yang form set.  Susan teaches through mirror imaging, so you do not have to "reverse" the movements for learning.  Just watch and follow along!  Susan also provides instruction in important Tai Chi principles which apply to all styles of Tai Chi. 

Susan is an excellent instructor (voted Best Online Tai Chi instructor by the national magazine BottomLine).  She provides easy, thorough, fun instruction so you can be successful in learning the most popular Tai Chi form set. 

Who this course is for:
  • Appropriate for those new to Tai Chi as well as experienced Tai Chi practitioners
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 06:16:10
+ Introduction
13 lectures 01:59:27

Safety and overview of course.  PLEASE VIEW!

Preview 01:17

Learn the Tai Chi stance and posture that you will carry throughout the 24 Yang Style Tai Chi form set. All future lessons build on this.

Tai Chi Stance

Learn this simple move to practice body alignment, proper weight shift and basic Tai Chi principles.  These concepts are used throughout the future lessons.

Preview 05:10

Understanding the different facing directions in Yang Style Tai Chi and how Susan teaches them throughout the lessons.  Learn about the importance and location of your Dan Tian. 

Directionality and Dan Tian

The Tai Chi Walk is used throughout the Yang 24.  Learn this movement to be able to more easily move through the Yang forms.

Preview 08:27

This is the first form you will learn. It builds on the Tai Chi walk.  You will learn it to both sides.  This lesson covers the movement/form to the right.  Susan calls this form "Serve the Hors d'oeuvre" to make it more fun and accessible....like serving a plate of cookies to your friend!

Preview 06:28
Parting Wild Horse's Mane LEFT
Parting Wild Horse's Mane BOTH SIDES

Learn Form 4 - Brush Knee (Susan call's it Push the Pie).  You will learn to manage the back foot and leg to preserve knee integrity throughout the 24 forms.  Brush knee is done to LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT.

Form 4 Push the Pie/Squirt the Heel

You will now learn to move through the form using your previously learned Tai Chi Walk (lesson 5).

Push Pie/Brush Knee with Tai Chi Walk

Learn the first half of this transitional move.  This movement serves as a bridge between Parting Wild Horse's Mane and Brush Knee. 

Form 3: White Crane Flashing Wings; Part 1
White Crane Part 2
Putting it together: Run Through Forms 1-4
+ Forms 5-9
8 lectures 01:29:58

This is a transitional form, bridging the last Brush Knee (Form 4) to Repulse Monkey (Form 6).

Form 5: Playing the Lute
Form 6: Repulse Monkey R, L, R,L

Practice moving through all six forms: 

  1. Commencement Form

  2. Parting Wild Horse's Mane (Serve the Hors d'oeuvre) L, R,L

  3. White Crane Flashing Wings

  4. Brush Knee (Push the Pie) L, R, L

  5. Playing the Lute

  6. Repulse Monkey R, L, R, L

Run Through Forms 1- 6

Learn one of the most beautiful forms in Tai Chi!  It has 13 different delivery systems of force, but is also a beautiful form in of itself.

Form 8: Stroking Bird's Tail LEFT

Learn how to turn 180 degrees for the transition to move through Stroking Bird's Tail to the RIGHT.  Practice the transitional move and form 8: Stroking Bird's Tail RIGHT.

Form 8: Transition and Stroking Bird's Tail LEFT
Forms 7-8: Stroking Bird's Tail LEFT & RIGHT

A powerful Yang Tai Chi movement commonly seen in Tai Chi photo poses!

Form 9: Single Whip
Run Through Forms 1-9
+ Forms 10 - 15
7 lectures 01:01:15

One of the most important and common forms in Tai Chi.  All Tai Chi, no matter the style, contains Waving Hands in Clouds.  If you were to learn ONE form in your Tai Chi journey, this should be the one!  I personally study Waving Hands in Clouds everyday.  It is rich with depth and beauty.

Form 10: Waving Hands in Clouds

You have already learned Single Whip, but we do it again here as a bridge into Waving Hands in Clouds and ending after Waving Hands in Clouds.  Single Whip - Waving Hands in Clouds - Single Whip

Form 11: Single Whip (& Waving Hands in Clouds)

High Horse is a transitional movement serving as a bridge into the next form (Heel Kick Right).

Form 12: High Horse

Remember to modify.  You do not need to kick high to make this move successful!  Even a toe touch to the ground is beneficial and acceptable.  Be SAFE FIRST and FOREMOST!

Form 13: Kick Right

Ever wanted to box someone in the ears?  Well, this beautiful move is a derivative of that!  Again, modify for your current balance and ability.

Form 14: Double Punch
Form 15: Kick Left

Practice until you can do these movements without the video!  Try not moving on to the next lectures until you have Forms 1-15 fairly engrained.  Remember: "An inch deeper rather than a mile wider."

Run Through Forms 10-15
+ Forms 16 - 24
10 lectures 01:23:20

Form full name is Golden Rooster "stands on one leg."  You will see this move done very deeply by some Tai Chi practitioners.  I do not advocate squatting down that low in order to preserve knees, back, etc.  I demonstrate it in moderation.  Listen to your body.  Make this move comfortable, controlled and smooth.   

Form 16: Golden Rooster LEFT

Learn how to transition from facing front to facing back for the second Golden Rooster.  Both Golden Roosters are to the direction, but one is done by a starting position facing the front, and one is done starting by facing the back.  You will learn how to make the 180 degree turn smoothly to set up for the second Golden Rooster.

Rooster Transition
Forms 16 - 17: Golden Rooster LEFT & RIGHT

This move entails a block with the arms to your right corner and to the left corner. 

Form 18: Fair Lady Works the Shuttles

Simple but one of my favorite moves of the Yang Style Tai Chi set.

Form 19: Needle at the Bottom of the Sea

This is another type of block with the arms.  You can imagine you have a big fan, as you separate your arms apart.

Form 20: Fan Back

Practice time.  Learn this with confidence before moving on!

Run Through Forms 16-20
Forms 21 & 22: Parry and Punch; Close Up

Susan calls Cross Hands, Form 23, "Picking Up Sea Foam." 

Forms: 23 & 24 Cross Hands (Sea Foam) & Closing Form

Time to practice moving through Forms 16 (Golden Rooster Right) through to the end!

Run Through Forms 16-24
+ Practice Run Through of ALL forms (1-24)
3 lectures 22:10
24 Yang Run Through with Verbal Cues

A word on music: 

Due to copyright laws there is no music in these videos.  I suggest putting on your own music (my personal favorite is Tony O'Connor.  Or "Nature Sounds" on Pandora.  I get no renumeration or compensation for either mention). 

The music serves to help you connect with nature, especially if you are inside.  The music should  not have a discernible beat or rhythm.  Tai Chi flows freely and should not be choreographed.  Choose music to help your flow and calm your mind. 

24 Yang Run Through without Cues Sample 1
24 Yang Run Through without Cues Sample 2