Sun Style Tai Chi
One of the lesser known types of tai chi is Sun style tai chi. This is one of the newest forms of tai chi and is considered to be the 5th (and last) in seniority of the different types and the 4th in popularity.
This tai chi style was developed by Sun Lutang, a renowned expert in the internal martial arts of xingyiquan and baguazhang and an accomplished Neo-Confucian and Taoist scholar. In his quest for knowledge of Chinese martial arts, he came to study the tai chi forms of Wu/Hao, which he then developed into his own distinct style.
Sun style tai chi is known for its smooth, flowing movements, crouching, jumping, and its distinct style of power movements and footwork. It is its open palm style and unique use of footwork, in which the retreat of one foot is followed by the other, that sets it apart from other styles. This gentle movement makes it particularly good for seniors and for use in physical therapy.
Even though Sun style tai chi is considered to be healthy for people of most body types and age, it is still important to consult with your primary care provider to ensure you are healthy enough for this or any other alternative therapy.