The aim of this web site is to simplify the mystique of T’ai Chi. l leave the detailed theoretical, aesthetic and philosophical discussion to those more qualified to comment than I am. There are many specialist websites to choose from. Try some of the sites on my LINKS page to locate and point to further information.
Wu Style was created by Wu Jian-quan (1870-1942). It is characterised by softness and emphasis on re-directing incoming force. Its movements are relaxed, natural, closer to the trunk of the body and nimble.The postures lean forward slightly and there is an emphasis on hand techniques.
The origins of the Art of T’ai Chi Chuan Taijiquan is normally accredited to generations of the Chen family, with its formalisation attributed to Chen Wangting in the 17th century. The Chen style is rich in combat techniques, and ideally is best first studied while still at a youthful age. It is characterised by a low stance, fast and slow movements and explosive spiral force. Every move no matter how small or innocent has a powerful application.
A style created by Yang Lu Chan (a student under Chen Changxin) in the mid to late 1800’s. This is the most popular style practiced today in the western world (95%). Characterised by it rooted stance, its movements are gentle and graceful and is suitable for all ages. I find the Yang form performed slowly is a perfect stress-relief tool.
Our signature style, created by Sun Lu-tang in the early 1900’s. It is characterised by its upright stance, agile steps and powerful Qi Gong. Whenever one foot moves forward or backward the other foot follows creating a flowing “lapping wave” effect. Easy on the knee joints, this form is particularly suitable for all age groups and its therapeutic properties make it ideal for people with balance and joint problems.