12 Animal Forms

The 12 Animal Forms emulate the techniques and tactics of the corresponding animal rather than just their physical movements. Some of the animal techniques have only simple, straight forward movements where others are more complex and involve a sequence of mimicking movements. The techniques used in the 12 Animal Forms compliment those used in the 5 Element Forms and add more striking, kicking and stepping techniques. In addition to focusing the mind the practice of the 12 Animal Forms can also greatly enhance the practitioner’s physical strength and mobility.

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Chinese (character)

Chinese (pinyin)

Form

Dragon

Lóng

Spiraling and coiling upward and downward movements.

Tiger

Forceful and direct movements with clawing attacks.

Horse

Strong movements like rearing a horse or a horse kicking.

Monkey

Hóu

Light and playful movements with deception.

Chicken

Fast and aggressive movements.

Swallow

Yàn

Swift and strong circling movements.

Sparrow Hawk

Yào

Powerful and fast direct movements.

Tai

T’ai

Strong movements from close range.

Crocodile

Tuó

Smooth and flowing movements.

Snake

Shé

Slow and fast coiling movements combined.

Eagle & Bear

鷹 & 熊

Yīng & Xióng

Strong, direct upward and downward movements combined.

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