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     <td><div align="center">12-17</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">12-17</div></td>
     <td>The Crane Exercises its Wings</td>
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     <td>[[The Crane Exercises its Wings]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">18-20</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">18-20</div></td>
     <td>Drive the Tiger Away</td>
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     <td>[[Drive the Tiger Away]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">21-22</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">21-22</div></td>
     <td>Grasp the Bird's Tail</td>
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     <td>[[Grasp the Bird's Tail]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">23-24</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">23-24</div></td>
     <td>Brush Knee and Side Step</td>
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     <td>[[Brush Knee and Side Step]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">25-26</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">25-26</div></td>
     <td>Repulse the Monkey</td>
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     <td>[[Repulse the Monkey]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">27-30</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">27-30</div></td>
     <td>The Stork is Aroused</td>
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     <td>[[The Stork is Aroused]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">31-32</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">31-32</div></td>
     <td>The Double Whip</td>
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     <td>[[The Double Whip]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">33-36</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">33-36</div></td>
     <td>The Cobra Unwinds</td>
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     <td>[[The Cobra Unwinds]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">37-40</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">37-40</div></td>
     <td>The Wild Dog Retaliates</td>
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     <td>[[The Wild Dog Retaliates]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">41-44</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">41-44</div></td>
     <td>The Tail of the Peacock</td>
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     <td>[[The Tail of the Peacock]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">45-46</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">45-46</div></td>
     <td>Brush Knee and Side Step</td>
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     <td>[[Brush Knee and Side Step]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">47-50</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">47-50</div></td>
     <td>The Edge of The Cyclone</td>
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     <td>[[The Edge of The Cyclone]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">51-52</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">51-52</div></td>
     <td>Single Whip Unleashed</td>
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     <td>[[Single Whip Unleashed]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">53-54</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">53-54</div></td>
     <td>The Double Whip</td>
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     <td>[[The Double Whip]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">55-58</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">55-58</div></td>
     <td>The Playful Dog</td>
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     <td>[[The Playful Dog]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">59-62</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">59-62</div></td>
     <td>Catching the Chickens</td>
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     <td>[[Catching the Chickens]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">63-65</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">63-65</div></td>
     <td>The Archer Prepares</td>
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     <td>[[The Archer Prepares]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">66-69</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">66-69</div></td>
     <td>Mount the Wild Horse</td>
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     <td>[[Mount the Wild Horse]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">70-72</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">70-72</div></td>
     <td>Flexing of the Single Whip</td>
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     <td>[[Flexing of the Single Whip]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">73-76</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">73-76</div></td>
     <td>Repulse the Monkey</td>
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     <td>[[Repulse the Monkey]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">77-78</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">77-78</div></td>
     <td>Grasp the Bird's Tail</td>
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     <td>[[Grasp the Bird's Tail]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">79-80</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">79-80</div></td>
     <td>The Crane Raises Its Head</td>
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     <td>[[The Crane Raises Its Head]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">81-82</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">81-82</div></td>
     <td>Roll and Stretch</td>
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     <td>[[Roll and Stretch]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">83-87</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">83-87</div></td>
     <td>The Five Elements</td>
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     <td>[[The Five Elements]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">88-89</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">88-89</div></td>
     <td>The Double Whip</td>
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     <td>[[The Double Whip]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">90-93</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">90-93</div></td>
     <td>Waving the Hands in the Clouds</td>
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     <td>[[Waving the Hands in the Clouds]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">94-97</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">94-97</div></td>
     <td>Consoling the North Wind</td>
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     <td>[[Consoling the North Wind]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">98-102</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">98-102</div></td>
     <td>The Leopard Shows Its Teeth</td>
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     <td>[[The Leopard Shows Its Teeth]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">103-105</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">103-105</div></td>
     <td>The Scissors Cut the Silk</td>
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     <td>[[The Scissors Cut the Silk]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">106-108</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">106-108</div></td>
     <td>The Archer Releases His Arrow</td>
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     <td>[[The Archer Releases His Arrow]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">109-110</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">109-110</div></td>
     <td>Brush Knee and Side Step</td>
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     <td>[[Brush Knee and Side Step]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">111-114</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">111-114</div></td>
     <td>Within the Cyclone</td>
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     <td>[[Within the Cyclone]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">115-118</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">115-118</div></td>
     <td>The Wild Horse Resists</td>
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     <td>[[The Wild Horse Resists]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">119-122</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">119-122</div></td>
     <td>The Playful Monkey</td>
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     <td>[[The Playful Monkey]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">123-126</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">123-126</div></td>
     <td>The Chickens Become Excited</td>
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     <td>[[The Chickens Become Excited]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">127-134</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">127-134</div></td>
     <td>Eight Strands of the Brocade</td>
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     <td>[[Eight Strands of the Brocade]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">135-137</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">135-137</div></td>
     <td>Enclose the Inner Ch'i Orbit</td>
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     <td>[[Enclose the Inner Ch'i Orbit]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">138-139</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">138-139</div></td>
     <td>Gather Earth's Energy</td>
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     <td>[[Gather Earth's Energy]]</td>
 
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     <td><div align="center">140</div></td>
 
     <td><div align="center">140</div></td>
     <td>Finish </td>
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     <td>[[Finish]]</td>
 
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Revision as of 22:02, 26 February 2011

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.

1-3
Gather Celestial Energy
4-6
Play the Guitar
7-11
Fair Lady Weaving
12-17
The Crane Exercises its Wings
18-20
Drive the Tiger Away
21-22
Grasp the Bird's Tail
23-24
Brush Knee and Side Step
25-26
Repulse the Monkey
27-30
The Stork is Aroused
31-32
The Double Whip
33-36
The Cobra Unwinds
37-40
The Wild Dog Retaliates
41-44
The Tail of the Peacock
45-46
Brush Knee and Side Step
47-50
The Edge of The Cyclone
51-52
Single Whip Unleashed
53-54
The Double Whip
55-58
The Playful Dog
59-62
Catching the Chickens
63-65
The Archer Prepares
66-69
Mount the Wild Horse
70-72
Flexing of the Single Whip
73-76
Repulse the Monkey
77-78
Grasp the Bird's Tail
79-80
The Crane Raises Its Head
81-82
Roll and Stretch
83-87
The Five Elements
88-89
The Double Whip
90-93
Waving the Hands in the Clouds
94-97
Consoling the North Wind
98-102
The Leopard Shows Its Teeth
103-105
The Scissors Cut the Silk
106-108
The Archer Releases His Arrow
109-110
Brush Knee and Side Step
111-114
Within the Cyclone
115-118
The Wild Horse Resists
119-122
The Playful Monkey
123-126
The Chickens Become Excited
127-134
Eight Strands of the Brocade
135-137
Enclose the Inner Ch'i Orbit
138-139
Gather Earth's Energy
140
Finish