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The Combined 42 Forms (Vol 1 & II)


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The Combined 42 Forms (Vol 1 & II)

Duration: 150 mins.

This beautifully composed and well balanced set is used by most major tai chi competitions around the world.


The 42 Forms retains all the traditional principles of the four major styles (namely Yang, Chen, Wu and Sun) of Tai Chi. It provides learners with great health benefits and many advanced Tai Chi techniques.

Volume I contains an introduction, step-by-step instructions of the first 19 forms, and a demonstration by Dr Lam of the 19 Forms from the front and back views.

Volume II contains an introduction, step-by-step instructions of the last 23 of the 42 forms, and a demonstration by Dr Lam of the 23 Forms from the front and back views, as well as the complete Combined 42 Forms. Click here for the names of the forms.


  • Demonstrations of the complete set by Dr Lam from front and back views
  • Step-by-step, precise and comprehensive instructions
  • All movements are shown from the front and back and with close-up views
  • Volumes 1 and 2 can be learnt and practised independently or together
  • Demonstrations of the complete set by Dr Lam from front and back views


"I use your video a lot to perfect my technique, to check accuracy of movements, listen to instructions and recall various Tai Chi principles." Jana Solovka, Vic. Australia

"I have been practicing Tai Chi for over 20 years, and I have found no one that compares with Dr Lam?your presentation and expertise are what make the difference." Ted Stark, OR, USA

The other day I was at the library and saw your video on the shelf... I was impressed with your presentation and the ease of following along. It is clearly one of the best Tai Chi instructional videos I have seen?" Allan J. Glazer, DPM USA


Form 1 - Commencing Form
Form 2 - Stroking Bird"s Tail-Right Side
Form 3 - Single Whip - Left Side
Form 4 - Lifting Hands
Form 5 - The White Crane Flashing Wings

Form 6 - Brush Knee
Form 7 - Parry and Turn to Punch
Form 8 - Roll Back and Press forward -Right and Left Side
Form 9 - Step Forward, Parry and Punch
Form 10 -Apparent Close-up

Form 11 -Opening and Closing of Hands
Form 12 -Single Whip - Right Side
Form 13 -Fist under Elbow
Form 14 -Turn Body and Push Palm on Right and Left Side

Form 15 -Fair Lady Works at the Shuttle - Right and Left Side
Form 16 -Heel Kicks - Right and Left Side
Form 17 -Cover with Hand and Punch with Fist
Form 18 -Parting Wild Horse"s Mane - Left and Right Side
Form 19 -Closing Form.


Form 1 -Commencing Form
Form 2 -Wave Hands Like Clouds
Form 3 -Step Backward to Subdue the Tiger
Form 4 -Kicking with Toes Forward - Right Side
Form 5 -Punching Ears with Both Fists
Form 6 -Kicking with Toes Forward - Left Side

Form 7 -Turn Body and Slap Foot
Form 8 -Step Forward and Punch Downward
Form 9 -Oblique Flying
Form 10 -Lowering Movement
Form 11 -Golden Cock Standing on One Leg
Form 12 -Step Backward and Thread Palm

Form 13 -Press Palm in Empty Stance
Form 14 -Lifting Palm and Standing on One Leg
Form 15 -Body Thrust with Half Horse Stance
Form 16 -Turn Body with Full Roll-Back
Form 17 -Hold and Punch in Crossed Squatting Stance
Form 18 -Thread Palm and Lowering Movements
Form 19 -Step Forward Seven Stars

Form 20 -Step Backward Riding Tiger
Form 21 -Turn Body with Lotus Kick
Form 22 -Drawing Bow to Shoot Tiger
Form 23 -Stroking Bird"s Tail - Left Side
Form 24 -Cross Hands
Form 25 -Closing Form

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Product Reviews

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  1. Very good teaching style 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jul 2019

    It is amazing how this video is helping me learn the forms. I thought I am a slow learner when I learn a new form in class, but watching this video tutorials again and again, I am able to pick up all the forms of Volume 1 in a month.
    My personal tip to the learners....watch the video of one form couple of times before you try it out. You may also try the hands first while watching the video and then try the hands and legs together. Sometimes, getting the direction or angle is little challenging, but then looking at the front and back demo gets it clarified.
    Overall, I am very happy with my progress and the credit goes to the makers of the DVD. Thank you Dr Lam :)

  2. A wonderful challenge 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Jun 2017

    After enjoying the Tai Chi for Health programs I have found this style to be a pleasant challenge, with added depth and understanding. There is always more to learn continuing on my Tai Chi journey. Thank you Paul.

  3. feedback from an Italian 72year old who has just fallen in love with Tai Chi 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Oct 2016

    It is easy to follow but not so easy as the 24 forms I bought months ago. Of course there are years of experience between the two that have helped!

    May I suggest an audio instruction to accompany the final demonstrations (front and back) throughout so that the disciple doesn't have to turn his head and can concentrate on the movements.
    Anyway the video is really easy and pleasant to follow. I dared giving you this suggestion because you asked for a feedback.

    Cordially yours

  4. Combined 42 Forms - an excellent way to develop your Tai Chi skills 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jan 2016

    It is well presented and the teaching is excellent. I certainly recommend this DVD to anyone wanting to move on from other "easier" forms.

  5. Very good instructional video 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Nov 2015

    Easy to follow, step by step instructions. Highly recommended.

  6. The Combined 42 Forms 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th May 2012

    Paul Lam, in my opinion, is an excellent teacher and his video products are well planned and presented. Dr. Lam has been a real blessing in my life.

    That said, learning the 42 form is challenging (!) and will take time to absorb. The form is broken into 2 volumes which in turn are broken into numerous sections.

    The trick is that many of the sections contain numerous movements. I confess to spending hours learning a section, and a few times I was close to frustration due to fatique. Just when I'm about to give up, Dr. Lam brings the section to a (merciful) conclusion. I needed three months to learn Volume One.

    Composed predominantly (so I learned) of Yang-style movements, I have found the form comfortable and well-suited to my physiology.

    This is a wonderful program -- but it is not designed to be a quick learn. Approach it with patience and practice, practice, practice.