This has to be one of the flashiest forms in all of Tai Chi. I’ve been working on it off and on for about three years. As usual, I have Jesse Tsao’s instructional video (available from taichihealthways.com either as a DVD or for download). Here is a YouTube clip from that video:
Chen Zhenglei has made a YouTube tutorial consisting of 8 short videos, each covering a few of the 35 moves. The tutorial:
- Moves 1-3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvs_bIsWw_E
- Moves 4-8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq0T3Z4Pwr0&t=8s
- Moves 9-13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze__qQeKwD8
- Moves 14-18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JujcbNnUwyo
- Moves 19-22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JW9gWM8bLs
- Moves 23-26: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eQqcHmBOlA
- Moves 27-29: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EFsa5qFYsg
- Moves 30-35: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZXgwJal78
Here’s a video of Chen Zhenglei doing the whole form:
When I first learned this form in 2015, I used the long, two-part tutorial by Master Tzu Tian Cai. It’s in Chinese with some English subtitles and rewards patience with very clear footwork and swordplay for every move.
Here is a list of the names of the movements, derived from multiple sources as well as my own translation. The Chinese and Pinyin are certainly correct; the English translations are, as usual, all over the map. I’ve settled on fairly literal, simple English. I use the Chinese. The name of the form is 陈氏双刀 (Chén Shì Shuāng Dāo).
Shuang Dao Names (PDF): Shuang-Dao
Finally, here’s the link for all my posts (notes) on this form, but the resources in this post cover everything I find useful when refreshing or trying to improve my form.