Sun Style Resources and Articles

Sun style is the youngest of the major styles. It was created by Sun Lu-tang (1861-1932). He first mastered 2 distinct internal martial styles before he learned Wu- Hao style Tai Chi.  He used the stepping method from Ba Gua Zhang, the waist and leg methods from Xing Yi Chuan and the body softness of Wu-Hao tai chi and Sun style tai chi was born. He was one of the first martial artist to make martial books available to the public and the fist to break tradition and publicly teach women. His hope was students would learn martial arts not to fight but to improve their health of the body. His secret "was to seek balance of practice". His original family form  is 98 postures.

Chen Style Resources and Articles

Based on qigong and martial art techniques from thousands of years ago, Chen Wangting developed the Chen Style Tai Chi around 1670.  It is characterized by contrasting and complimentary movements; slow and soft versus fast and hard.  It contains explosive power and low stances.  Chen style is one of the more difficult and physically demanding styles, therefore if you have arthritis or a similar condition you may want to consider beginning with Sun Style.

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