The Tai Chi 24 Form sometimes called the Beijing or Peking form for its place of origin, is a short version of Tai Chi composed of twenty-four unique movements.
The form was the result of an effort by the Chinese Sports Committee in 1956, to create a simplified form of Tai Chi as an exercise for the masses. The committee employed 4 well-known Tai Chi instructors who reduced the traditional family style Tai Chi forms to 24 postures to provide the beginner an introduction to it’s essential elements while retaining the flavor of traditional longer hand forms (ranging from 88-108 postures). This form was avidly promoted by the Peoples Republic of China for general exercise, and was also taught to internees in Communist “re-education” camps. Since its inception, the Tai Chi 24 Form has been one of the most widely practiced Tai Chi forms worldwide.