Tai Chi Chuan Forms
The Yang style is the most common style that is practiced. This is due to it’s continually slow pace throughout the form which differs from the Chen style below which has both slow and fast parts.
The Chen style is said to be slightly more difficult to learn. It incorporates explosive power moves with softer moves that build up energy.
The Wu style has a more controlled, narrower stance. The rear foot faces foward, not at a 45 degree angle. The weight distribution is more evenly distributed.
The Wu Yuxiang style uses simple, quick, short range movements mostly involving opening and closing of the arms. A compact and powerful form with unusual hand positions and nifty footwork.
The Sun style is the youngest T’ai Chi form. Created by Sun Lutang, it has a high upright posture with compact movements and lively footwork.
Fu created Fu Style Tai Chi Chuan to adapt to different people’s physiques. Fu Style Tai Chi Chuan consists of yin and yang (positive and negative) and corresponding left and right sides.
Originally from the Shaolin Monastery, these exercises are suitable for the young and old. Regular practice of this exercise can strengthen one’s internal organs as well as one’s muscles and tendons.