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THE YANG 108

The long moving form, the most substantial part of what we learn to get a black sash, is a sequence of 108 intricate movements which flow from one to the next with meditative grace. I once asked Master Gohring how long it would take to perform the 108 at the correct speed, and he said 23-28 minutes.

Slower is better. Master Gohring tells me that the goal should be to perform it as slowly as possible without ever pausing; movement should be continuous. This is more difficult than you might imagine.

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Minimal splits (for purposes of the test) are 4 minutes, 9 minutes, 11 minutes. In class, we do move faster, just in order to get enough repetitions and enough instruction to learn the 108 movements, listed here: Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi 108.

My notes and list of movements plus video links:

Here is an alternative listing of the movements from Tai Chi Healthways.

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