Also known as Tai Chi Fundamentals, the Beijing 12 was devised in 1984 by Professor Zhang Wen Guang in answer to the demand for a simplified form which could be practiced over a short time span, in a minimum space, and is suitable for sedentary workers and people of all ages.
Professor Zhang, former Vice Chairman of the Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Association and head of the Wushu Department of the Beijing Sport University, drew on his experience of more than 70 years, and the assistance of other Tai Chi Masters to devise an innovative form based principally on the Yang but with elements of the Chen and Wu styles.
The form was immediately embraced by the Chinese people and became popular throughout China following its introduction as an instructional course on national television. It is now practiced in homes, offices and workplaces throughout the world.
The characteristics of the form are those of standard Tai Chi forms but without limitations of time and space and with the benefits of:
- Capability of performance in a very small area, ease of learning, remembering and practicing.
- The form is symmetrical (of benefit to both sides of the body) and expansive (large movements, typical of the popular and beneficial Yang style).
- The form or set can be extended both by repetition of individual movements and of the complete set.
Tai Chi Fundamentals is a holistic body exercise due to the expansive movements of trunk and limbs combined with deep natural breathing, resulting in mental and physical relaxation associated with demonstrable physical benefits. The set is usually performed to traditional Chinese music which is designed to enhance the meditative and physiological benefits of Tai Chi.
We have Beijing 12 Charts, Videos and DVD's available for purchase, please ask your instructor.