Welcome to Supreme Ultimate Health Defense
What is Supreme Ultimate Health Defense? The first part, "Supreme Ultimate", is one common translation of the Chinese word 太極 (currently romanized as Taiji, formerly romanized as T'ai-chi, and popularly called Tai Chi.) Taiji Boxing (太極拳, Taijiquan, T‘ai-chi Ch‘üan) has always served both martial arts and fitness purposes. The most destructive invaders or bandits in modern society, however, are sedentary lifestyles, hereditary health conditions, overstressed lives, and poor health choices. Therefore, the second part, "Health Defense", is a play on the phrase "Self-Defense", emphasizing the fitness aspect of Taijiquan.
Simplified Tai Chi (Yang Style 24-Posture Form)
Standardized by the Chinese Sports Committee in 1956, this introductory form is probably the most commonly practiced Tai Chi sequence worldwide. Click Yang 24 for more information.
Abstracted Yang Style 32-Posture Form
Standardized by Liu Yunqiao, who founded the Wu Tan Martial Art Development Center in Taiwan in 1971, abstracted forms are introductory forms that essentially follow the traditional long form sequence, eliminating repetitions of movements. Click Yang 32 for more information.
Yang Style 37-Posture Short Form
The Yang Style 37-Posture Short Form was standardized by Zheng Manqing in 1938 to facilitate teaching Tai Chi to large groups of academy students in a short amount of time. Click Yang 37 for more information.
40-Posture Yang Style Competition Form
Standardized by the Chinese Sports Committee in the late 1980s, this form adds a third aspect to Tai Chi practice: martial arts, fitness, and now sport. Click Yang 40 for more information.
Lee's Modified Tai Chi Chuan for Health
Standardized by Lee Ying-arng in 1964, Lee's Modified Tai Chi Chuan for Health eliminates postures that are similar to one another while repeating each posture on both the right and left sides. The result is a 58-posture form. Click Yang 58 for more information.
Yang Style 60-Posture Short Form
The Yang Style 60-Posture Short Form was standardized by William C.C. Chen, a student of Zheng Manqing. This form adds back in some of the moves from the Long Form that were omitted in the 37-Posture Short Form, and eliminates some repetitions that remained in the 37-Posture Form. Click Yang 60 for more information.
Yang Style 108-Posture Long Form
This is the traditional Yang Style Form that all of the shortened forms were extracted from. If there weren't short forms, it wouldn't need to be designated as the long form, it would simply be called the Yang Style Tai Chi Form. Click Yang Long for more information.
The most destructive invaders or bandits in modern society are sedentary lifestyles, hereditary health conditions, overstressed lives, and poor health choices.