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4. The 37 Essential Forms   

In his 1931 book, Taijiquan Method and Application (Taijiquan Shiyong Fa 太極拳使用法), Yang Chengfu

describes the thirty-seven essential forms that constitute the postural core of Yang-style Taijiquan. Once

considered to be an indispensable part of Yang-style Taijiquan training, the use of the thirty-seven forms has

largely fallen by the wayside. The Masich Internal Arts Method approach to traditional Yang-style Taijiquan

employs the martial applications that Yang presents as well as a progressive approach to thirty-seven

essential form study which explores the forms in the context of thirteen families.


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