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The original eight postures, which came into being some 10,000 years ago, were increased to a total of thirteen when the very first T'ai Chi sequences were formulated. This book still retains the original animal names of each stance, which were first adopted by the ancient Taoists of China, and by the Lee family.<br>
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The original eight postures, which came into being some 10,000 years ago, were increased to a total of thirteen when the very first T'ai Chi sequences were formulated. This book still retains the original animal names of each stance, which were first adopted by the ancient Taoists of China, and by the Lee family.
However, when T'ai Chi became more widely known within China, many schools and classes were founded, and their teachers tried to hide the techniques, stances, sequences and sets behind a facade of words, such as The Crane Spreads its Wings', "Hit the Tiger', and 'Brush Knee and Side Step', which enabled them to retain some originality for themselves.<br>
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However, when T'ai Chi became more widely known within China, many schools and classes were founded, and their teachers tried to hide the techniques, stances, sequences and sets behind a facade of words, such as "The Crane Spreads its Wings", "Hit the Tiger", and "Brush Knee and Side Step", which enabled them to retain some originality for themselves.
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For the benefit of all our readers, including those who are truly interested in and dedicated to every aspect of our Chinese Taoist Arts, we are specifying the ancient animal name of each stance. Here is the more modern description of each sequence of movements, but it is interesting to be aware that even these were devised some 1,500 years ago.
 
For the benefit of all our readers, including those who are truly interested in and dedicated to every aspect of our Chinese Taoist Arts, we are specifying the ancient animal name of each stance. Here is the more modern description of each sequence of movements, but it is interesting to be aware that even these were devised some 1,500 years ago.
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     <td width="15%"><div align="center">1-3</div></td>
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     <td>&nbsp;</td>
    <td width="85%">[[Gather Celestial Energy]]</td>
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                      <td><font  size="3">Sequence</font></td>
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                      <td colspan="8"><font  size="3">Stances in order</font></td>
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    <td><div align="center">4-6</div></td>
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    <td>[[Play the Guitar]]</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">&nbsp;</td>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">Preparation</td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">eagle</td>
    <td><div align="center">7-11</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">bear</td>
    <td>[[Fair Lady Weaving]]</td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">12-17</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>The Crane Exercises its Wings</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">18-20</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Drive the Tiger Away</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">1</td>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">  [[Gather Celestial Energy]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">eagle</td>
    <td><div align="center">21-22</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">eagle</td>
    <td>Grasp the Bird's Tail</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">eagle</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">23-24</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>Brush Knee and Side Step</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">25-26</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Repulse the Monkey</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">2</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">[[Play the Guitar]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
    <td><div align="center">27-30</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
    <td>The Stork is Aroused</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">31-32</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>The Double Whip</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">33-36</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>The Cobra Unwinds</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">3</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Fair Lady Weaving]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
    <td><div align="center">37-40</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
    <td>The Wild Dog Retaliates</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
    <td><div align="center">41-44</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>The Tail of the Peacock</td>
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  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">45-46</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Brush Knee and Side Step</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">4</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF" height="14"> [[The Crane Exercises its Wings]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF" height="14">riding horse</td>
    <td><div align="center">47-50</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF" height="14">leopard</td>
    <td>The Edge of The Cyclone</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF" height="14">eagle</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF" height="14">eagle </td>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF" height="14">riding horse</td>
    <td><div align="center">51-52</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%" height="14"></td>
    <td>Single Whip Unleashed</td>
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                      <td width="8%" height="14"></td>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">53-54</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>The Double Whip</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">5</td>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Drive the Tiger Away]]</td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
    <td><div align="center">55-58</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">duck</td>
    <td>The Playful Dog</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">59-62</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>Catching the Chickens</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">63-65</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>The Archer Prepares</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">6</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Grasp the Bird's Tail]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat </td>
    <td><div align="center">66-69</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
    <td>Mount the Wild Horse</td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">70-72</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>Flexing of the Single Whip</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">73-76</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Repulse the Monkey</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">7</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Brush Knee and Side Step]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
    <td><div align="center">77-78</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
    <td>Grasp the Bird's Tail</td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">79-80</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>The Crane Raises Its Head</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">81-82</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Roll and Stretch</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">8</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Repulse the Monkey]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
    <td><div align="center">83-87</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
    <td>The Five Elements</td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">88-89</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>The Double Whip</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">90-93</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Waving the Hands in the Clouds</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">9</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Stork is Aroused]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">crane</td>
    <td><div align="center">94-97</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
    <td>Consoling the North Wind</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">98-102</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>The Leopard Shows Its Teeth</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">103-105</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>The Scissors Cut the Silk</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">10</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Double Whip]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">snake</td>
    <td><div align="center">106-108</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
    <td>The Archer Releases His Arrow</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"></td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">109-110</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>Brush Knee and Side Step</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">111-114</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Within the Cyclone</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">11</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Cobra Unwinds]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
    <td><div align="center">115-118</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
    <td>The Wild Horse Resists</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">119-122</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>The Playful Monkey</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">123-126</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>The Chickens Become Excited</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">12</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Wild Dog Retaliates]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
    <td><div align="center">127-134</div></td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
    <td>Eight Strands of the Brocade</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td><div align="center">135-137</div></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
    <td>Enclose the Inner Ch'i Orbit</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
  <tr>
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                    </tr>
    <td><div align="center">138-139</div></td>
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                    <tr>
    <td>Gather Earth's Energy</td>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">13</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Tail of the Peacock]]</td>
  <tr>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
    <td><div align="center">140</div></td>
+
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
    <td>Finish </td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
  </tr>
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                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
</table>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
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                    </tr>
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                    <tr>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">14</td>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Brush Knee and Side Step 2|Brush Knee and Side Step]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
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                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">15</td>
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                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Edge of the Cyclone]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="7%"></td>
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                      <td width="8%"></td>
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                    </tr>
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                    <tr>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">16</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Single Whip Unleashed]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">duck</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">17</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Double Whip 2|The Double Whip]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">18</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Playful Dog]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">19</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Catching the Chickens]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">20</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Archer Prepares]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">riding horse</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">21</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Mount the Wild Horse]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">riding horse</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">22</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Flexing of the Single Whip]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">23</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Repulse the Monkey 2|Repulse the Monkey]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">24</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Grasp the Bird's Tail 2|Encompass the East and West]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">25</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Crane Raises Its Head|The Dog Awakens]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">26</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Roll and Stretch]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">27</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Five Elements]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">riding horse</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">28</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Double Whip 3|The Double Whip]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">29</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Waving the Hands in the Clouds]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">duck</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">snake</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">30</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Consoling the North Wind]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">riding horse</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">duck</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">31</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Leopard Shows Its Teeth]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">32</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Scissors Cut the Silk]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">scissor</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">crane</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">33</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Archer Releases His Arrow]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">34</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Brush Knee and Side Step 3|Brush Knee and Side Step]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">duck</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">35</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Within the Cyclone]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">36</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Wild Horse Resists]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">crane</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">leopard</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">37</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Playful Monkey]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">duck</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">38</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[The Chickens Become Excited]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">duck </td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey </td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">crossed leg</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
                    <tr>
 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">39</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Eight Strands of the Brocade]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dog</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
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                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
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                    </tr>
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                    <tr>
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">40</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Enclose the Inner Ch'i Orbit]]</td>
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                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">cat </td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">dragon</td>
 +
                      <td width="8%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">monkey</td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
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                    </tr>
 +
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                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">41</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Gather Earth's Energy]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">eagle</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">eagle</td>
 +
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 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
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 +
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 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                    </tr>
 +
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 +
                      <td width="3%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF">42</td>
 +
                      <td width="35%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF"> [[Finish]]</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%" bgcolor="#99CCFF">eagle</td>
 +
                      <td width="9%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="8%"></td>
 +
                      <td width="7%"></td>
 +
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 +
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 +
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                    </tr>
 +
                  </table>
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[[Category:T'ai Chi Ch'uan]]

Latest revision as of 13:05, 27 October 2013

The original eight postures, which came into being some 10,000 years ago, were increased to a total of thirteen when the very first T'ai Chi sequences were formulated. This book still retains the original animal names of each stance, which were first adopted by the ancient Taoists of China, and by the Lee family.


However, when T'ai Chi became more widely known within China, many schools and classes were founded, and their teachers tried to hide the techniques, stances, sequences and sets behind a facade of words, such as "The Crane Spreads its Wings", "Hit the Tiger", and "Brush Knee and Side Step", which enabled them to retain some originality for themselves.


For the benefit of all our readers, including those who are truly interested in and dedicated to every aspect of our Chinese Taoist Arts, we are specifying the ancient animal name of each stance. Here is the more modern description of each sequence of movements, but it is interesting to be aware that even these were devised some 1,500 years ago.


  Sequence Stances in order
  Preparation eagle bear
1 Gather Celestial Energy eagle eagle eagle
2 Play the Guitar dragon monkey dragon
3 Fair Lady Weaving monkey dragon monkey dragon monkey
4 The Crane Exercises its Wings riding horse leopard eagle eagle riding horse
5 Drive the Tiger Away dragon duck dragon
6 Grasp the Bird's Tail cat dragon
7 Brush Knee and Side Step monkey leopard
8 Repulse the Monkey cat dragon
9 The Stork is Aroused crane dog monkey dragon
10 The Double Whip snake leopard
11 The Cobra Unwinds leopard dragon cat dragon
12 The Wild Dog Retaliates monkey dog leopard dragon
13 The Tail of the Peacock cat dragon monkey dragon
14 Brush Knee and Side Step monkey leopard
15 The Edge of the Cyclone monkey dragon cat dragon
16 Single Whip Unleashed duck dragon
17 The Double Whip cat leopard
18 The Playful Dog cat dragon dog dragon
19 Catching the Chickens monkey dragon leopard dragon
20 The Archer Prepares riding horse dragon cat
21 Mount the Wild Horse dog riding horse dragon cat
22 Flexing of the Single Whip dragon cat dragon
23 Repulse the Monkey leopard dragon cat dragon
24 Encompass the East and West cat dragon
25 The Dog Awakens monkey dog
26 Roll and Stretch cat dragon
27 The Five Elements riding horse dragon cat leopard monkey
28 The Double Whip leopard cat
29 Waving the Hands in the Clouds dog duck dragon snake
30 Consoling the North Wind dragon riding horse dragon duck
31 The Leopard Shows Its Teeth dragon leopard dog monkey dragon
32 The Scissors Cut the Silk scissor dragon crane
33 The Archer Releases His Arrow dragon cat dragon
34 Brush Knee and Side Step duck leopard
35 Within the Cyclone cat dragon monkey dragon
36 The Wild Horse Resists monkey dragon crane leopard
37 The Playful Monkey monkey dragon duck dragon
38 The Chickens Become Excited duck dog monkey crossed leg
39 Eight Strands of the Brocade monkey dragon cat dragon monkey dog monkey dragon
40 Enclose the Inner Ch'i Orbit cat dragon monkey
41 Gather Earth's Energy eagle eagle
42 Finish eagle


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The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

by Chee Soo

Copyright ©Seahorse Books 2003 reproduced with permission