Recognizing the differences
Above we discussed what is common between
the styles, here we discuss the differences and how you can recognize the
The most physical one, one posture contains
multiple composed cyclic movements in a low stance.
E.g. the waist turns while shoulder and arm
turns differently while hand fingers turn also different etc.
Probably the most complex style, but there
exist also modern short, standardized and simplified forms, like the Chen Xiao
Wang 19 form.
Yang style created by Yang Luchan
As student of the Chen family, Yang Luchan
created his own style.
Less complex as the cyclic movements are
coming from the waist and impact the whole body, still in a large and low
stance. Is the basis for the standard 24 form.
In this sense probably the most practiced
in the world today.
I understand that Yang Luchan wanted to
create a form more apt for a general public including “the weak”.
The characteristic large and ample
movements are a mean to let the qi flow.
Wu style created by Wu Chian Chuan
As student of Yang Luchan, Wu Chian-chuan
(1870-1942), founder of wu style, revised old forms to make taiji more
structured, smooth, even and continuous in accord of the theory of the mutual
complement of yin and yang, the interaction of softness and energetic.
The characteristic ox bow stand, straight
back and legs in an oblique line, is a mean to optimize the qi stream by
limiting any obstacle in the body.
Sun style created by Sun Lutang
As a student of the wu style… after
practicing morning and night for several years, I feel I have come to
understand the general principle of the Art. I have deeply
contemplated the Art and have combined the Xing Yi and Ba Gua Quan that I
studied previously with the Tai Ji Quan, forming one Art … Although the postures
of the three arts are different, the principles are the same.
The characteristic open/close movement is
the mean to regenerate qi.