A Comparative Study of Yang Styles
Read about the evolution of Yang Styles in Tai Chi from Yang Cheng Fu to Cheng Man Ching. Many American Yang style practitioners will recognize that their form has varied from the original. Some have overemphasized hidden applications, while others over emphasize the passive chi gung experience.
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The History of Tai Chi
There are five major styles of Tai Chi Chuan, each named after the Chinese family that teaches (or taught) it. The first five major family styles share much underlying theory, but differ in their approaches to training.
Eight Section Brocade Qigong
The eight section brocade promotes health and longevity for the young and old. An excellent addition to your daily regimen. Each of the 8 movements are related to the qi meridian and its associated internal organs such as the liver, stomach, spleen and heart.
13 Postures and 13 Principles in Tai Chi Chuan
The 13 Postures is the foundation of Tai Chi Chuan. The 13 principles must execute the mind, chi, and physical movement in one unit. These are the core foundations that support your tai chi.
About Tai Chi and Qigong
Tai Chi = a Chinese martial art and system of calisthenics, consisting of sequences of very slow controlled movements.
There are five major styles of Tai Chi Chuan, each named after the Chinese family that teaches (or taught) it:
Wu or Wu/Hao style of Wu Yu-hsiang
Wu style of of Wu Quanyou and Wu Chien-ch’uan (Wu Jianquan)
The order of seniority is as listed above. The order of popularity is Yang, Wu, Chen, Sun, and Wu/Hao. The first five major family styles share much underlying theory, but differ in their approaches to training.
Tai Chi Chuan originated as a martial art form. It also is an excellent exercise method which promotes good health and longevity. The consistent and faithful practice of Tai Chi is reported to have strengthening effects on people suffering with poor health or chronic illnesses.
Tai Chi exercises can help to
Release tension, relax body
Increase external and internal strength
Harmonize body and mind
Qigong (Chi Kung) = The Skill of Attracting Vital Energy
The word Qigong breaks into Qi and Gong: Qi = vitality, energy, life force; Gong = practice, cultivate, refine; Qigong = to cultivate and refine through practice one’s vitality or life force.
Regular practice of Qigong promotes:
Prevent and treat illness