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About Tai Chi - A basic understanding

Updated: Saturday, Aug 22,2009, 10:44:56 AM
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The correct title is Tai Chi Chuan, an original internal martial art that has been around for about 1000 years and was introduced to the West in the   There are direct family lineage charts available, but they tend to be somewhat complicated and confusing and can be very controversial. Several original family names do still exist, lending their names to there specific styles, the most popular being:


There are more styles that can be termed as powerful and explosive - martial yet still holistic; they include the Yang LuChan old style and Bagwazhang both very'farjing? These are usually reserved for the more advanced student along with the classical weapon forms.

The Yang family - the Yang style is the most popular tai chi style in the West of which several adaptations are now in existence. The Chen family is said to be the originator of Tai Chi as we know it today. And the remainder can be termed as offshoots from the yang style. These are the Wu, Lee & Sun families.

The original old Yang Style by the originator Yang  Lu-Chan (1799-1872) is also taught at the TCQHC.

Hao Chuan; It is widely believed that Chang San-feng  was the founder of Hao-Chuan, meaning  "Loose Boxing?that over time became Taiji-Chuan.

Broadly speaking the Yang LuChan style preceded the Yang Cheng-fu style which is widely practiced today along with many variants and watered down versions.


Hao Chuan is a most advanced level of taiji which is almost extinct today, consisting of very fine detailed 'internal' form movements interspersed with fan-in explosive moves, and considered the most powerful of all taiji frames for higher development and self-healing. Hao Chuan develops the spirit, which in turn leads the mind, and finally, the body will naturally follow. The TCQHC embraces the Yang LuChan form at the H'ao Chuan advance level.

The original form consisted of 108 movements divided into three sections for easier learning. At the TCQHC we have expanded the original moves without adding or subtracting postures to 164 to enable detailed teaching and learning.


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