Ti Fang is a name for the unique, soft uprooting technique in Tai Chi. Throughout Tai Chi's history, the technique has not changed, but its moniker has as each generation attempts to convey it more clearly. The oldest version can be found in the Tai Chi Classic's "Song of Hitting Hands" (打手歌), which describes the technique as: 'Attract into emptiness, join and discharge' (引進落空合卽出).
The following chart attempts to align some of Ti Fang's names to the different phases of the technique. There are many more descriptions/names that can be found in the Classics and other writings, but most punctuate the technique into one of the patterns shown below. Our hope is that this chart makes it clear that these are all names for the same technique—Ti Fang.