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Chen Style Forty Eight Movement Form
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Names of Moves in the
Chen Style Xin Yi Hunyuan Fourty-Eight Movements Taiji Form

Notes on pronunciation:
/ = rising tone
- = steady tone
~ = falling then rising tone
\ = falling tone

Section I

1. wu/ ji/ qi~ shi\
Literal Translation: “Nothing, Ultimate2, Starting, Posture”
Descriptive Translation: Starting Posture

2. jin- gang- dao~ dui-
Literal Translation: “Buddha’s Warrior, Pound, Mortar”
Descriptive Translation: Buddha’s Warrior Pound Mortar

3. lan~ zha- yi-
Literal Translation: “Lazy, Tie, Coat”
Descriptive Translation: Leisurely Tie Coat

4. liu\ feng- si\ bi\
Literal Translation: “Six, Blocking, Four, Closing”
Descriptive Translation: Six Blocking Four Closing

5. dan- bien-
Literal Translation: “Single, Whip”
Descriptive Translation: Single Whip

6. bai/ he\ liang\ chi\
Literal Translation: “White, Crane, Show, Wings”
Descriptive Translation: White Crane Spreads Wings

Section II

7. xie/ xing/ ao/ bu\
Literal Translation: “Diagonal, Walk, Twist, Step”
Descriptive Translation: Walk Obliquely and Twist Step

8. ti/ shou- shi\
Literal Translation: “Lift, Keep, Posture”
Descriptive Translation: Lift Hands and Raise Knee

9. qian/ tang/ ao/ bu\
Literal Translation: “Forward, Wade, Twist, Step”
Descriptive Translation: Wade Forward and Twist Step

10. yen~ shou~ gong- (or more commonly hong/) chui/
Literal Translation: “Cover, Hand, Arm, Punch ”
Descriptive Translation: Cover Hand Punch

11. pi- shen- chui/
Literal Translation: “Drape, Body, Punch”
Descriptive Translation: Shield Body Punch

12. bei\ zhe/ kao\
Literal Translation: “Back, Fold, Lean”
Descriptive Translation: Fold and Lean with Back

Section III

13. qing- long/ chu- shui~
Literal Translation: “Green, Dragon, Emerge, Water”
Descriptive Translation: Green Dragon Emerge from Water

14. shuang- tui- shou~
Literal Translation: “Double, Push, Hand”
Descriptive Translation: Double Push Hand

15. san- huan\ zhang~
Literal Translation: “Three, Change, Palm”
Descriptive Translation: Three Change Palm

16. dao\ juan~ gong- (or more commonly hong/)
Literal Translation: “Reverse, Roll, Arm”
Descriptive Translation: Reverse Roll Arm

17. tui\ bu\ ya- zhou~
Literal Translation: “Back, Step, Press, Elbow”
Descriptive Translation: Step Back Press Elbow

18. zhong- pan/
Literal Translation: “Middle, Winding”
Descriptive Translation: Middle Winding

Section IV

19. shan~ tong- bei\
Literal Translation: “Dodge, Through, Back”
Descriptive Translation: Dodge through Back

20. ji- di\ chui/
Literal Translation: “Hit, Ground, Punch”
Descriptive Translation: Ground Punch

21. ping/ xin- chui/
Literal Translation: “Horizontal, Heart, Punch”
Descriptive Translation: Chest Level Punch

22. fan- shen- er\ qi/ jiao~
Literal Translation: “Turn, Body, Two, Raise, Foot”
Descriptive Translation: Turn Body Double Kick

23. shou\ tou/ shi\
Literal Translation: “Beast, Head, Posture”
Descriptive Translation: Beast Head Posture

24. xuan/ feng- jiao\
Literal Translation: “Twist, Wind, Foot”
Descriptive Translation: Tornado Kick

Section V

25. you\ deng\ yi- gen-
Literal Translation: “Right, Kick, One, Heel”
Descriptive Translation: Rick Heel Kick

26. xiao~ qin/ da~
Literal Translation: “Small, Grab, Hit”
Descriptive Translation: Small Grab And Punch

27. bao\ tou/ tui- shan-
Literal Translation: “Hug, Head, Push, Mountain”
Descriptive Translation: Hug Head Push Mountain

28. qian/ zao- hou\ zao-
Literal Translation: “Front, Wave, Back, Wave”
Descriptive Translation: Front and Back Wave

29. shuang- zhen\ jiao~
Literal Translation: “Double, Stomp, Foot”
Descriptive Translation: Double Stomp Foot

30. yü\ nü~ chuan- shuo-
Literal Translation: “Jade, Lady, Pierce, Shuttle”
Descriptive Translation: Jade Lady Works Shuttle

Section VI

31. chuan- xin- zhou/
Literal Translation: “Through, Heart, Elbow”
Descriptive Translation: Elbow Through The Heart

32. bai~ jiao~ die/ ca-
Literal Translation: “Swing, Foot, Fall, Split”
Descriptive Translation: Swing Kick Straddle Split

33. jin- ji- du/ li\
Literal Translation: “Golden, Rooster, Lone, Stand”
Descriptive Translation: Golden Rooster Stand on One Foot

34. shi/ zi\ jiao~
Literal Translation: “Ten3, Character, Foot”
Descriptive Translation: Cross Kick

35. zi~ dang\ chui/
Literal Translation: “Point, Groin, Punch”
Descriptive Translation: Groin Punch

36. ye/ ma~ fen- zong-
Literal Translation: “Wild, Horse, Part, Mane”
Descriptive Translation: Wild Horse Part Mane

Section VII

37. yun/ shou~
Literal Translation: “Cloud, Hand”
Descriptive Translation: Cloud Hand

38. gao- tan\ ma~
Literal Translation: “High, Pad, Horse”
Descriptive Translation: High, Pad, Horse

39. zuo~ you\ cha- jiao~
Literal Translation: “Left, Right, Rub, Foot”
Descriptive Translation: Left and Right Kick

40. zuo~ deng\ yi- gen-
Literal Translation: “Left, Kick, One, Heel”
Descriptive Translation: Left Heel Kick
41. lian/ zhu- pao\

Literal Translation: “Link, Perl, Canon”
Descriptive Translation: Chain Canon
42. bai/ yuan/ xian\ guo~

Literal Translation: “White, Ape, Offer, Fruit”
Descriptive Translation: White Ape Offer Fruit

Section VIII

43. que\ di\ long/
Literal Translation: “Sparrow, Earth, Dragon”
Descriptive Translation: Low Flying Dragon

44. shang\ bu\ qi- xing-
Literal Translation: “Forward, Step, Seven, Star”
Descriptive Translation: Forward Step Seven Star

45. tui\ bu\ kua- hu~
Literal Translation: “Retreat, Step, Straddle, Tiger”
Descriptive Translation: Step Back Straddle Tiger

46. sha- yao- ya- zhou~
Literal Translation: “Tighten/Stop, Waist, Press, Elbow”
Descriptive Translation: Snap Waist Press Elbow

47. dang- tou/ pao\
Literal Translation: “Match, Head, Canon”
Descriptive Translation: Head Punch

48. shou- shi\
Literal Translation: “Closing, Posture”
Descriptive Translation: Closing Posture

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