Tai Chi Styles
Tai chi is one of the most common types of martial arts practices throughout China and other Eastern cultures, but unlike many other kinds of martial arts, it is widely practiced for its health benefits in addition to self defense. This is because there are many tai chi styles, each with its own unique practices that appeal to a variety of different needs.
There are five main types of tai chi styles:
- Yang style tai chi - The most popular and widely practiced type of tai chi, Yang led to the development of many of the other styles that are also practiced today.
- Wu style tai chi - The second most popular of the tai chi styles, Wu style was developed from Yang and features the common hand forms and "pushing", and focuses heavily on weapon work.
- Chen style tai chi - The oldest form of tai chi, it is considered the parent of all other styles. It puts a lot of focus on frame, form, and posture as well as sword and weapon work.
- Sun style tai chi - This type of tai chi involves smooth, flowing movements and doesn't include many of the jumping or squatting movements of other styles. This makes Sun style tai chi perfect for seniors.
- Wu/Hao style tai chi - Encompasses small, subtle movements and focuses on balance and internal energy development. This is the rarest form found in modern practice.
If you are considering any of these tai chi styles to add to your current health plan, it is important to consult with your primary care provider to ensure you are healthy enough for tai chi exercises.