How many tai chi moves are there?

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While it is true that there are a number of fixed moves in Tai Chi thinking about it in this way can be very misleading.

When you first start to learn Tai Chi you will often be taught a fixed form. For example the '24 Posture Simplified Yang Style Form'. This has 24 distinct moves. You may then be taught a form with 48 postures/moves. Soon you will realize that what you need to learn isn't how to perform the move, but rather what this move teaches you about movement in general.

Tai Chi is movement. Nothing more, nothing less.

The greatest form in Tai Chi has no shape, no fixed pattern and will naturally counter any technique used against it. Naturally this is near impossible to obtain, but it gives the general idea that you should be aiming for.

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