A Brief History of Tai Chi

Tai Chi

 

A History and the Origin of Tai Chi

 

Some research indicated that traces of a wide acceptance of Tai Chi were found in Chen’s village. This was the time of Chen Wang Ting during the early 1600s. Documents have it that this is the place where Tai Chi was born.

One of the legendary and respected founders who created the idea of imitating the flow and motion of the different martial art and kung fu techniques is Chang San Feng. By combining Taoism’s different principles, kung fu, and the theory of Yi Jing, he created the ever-popular form of meditation, Tai Chi.

Characteristic

Tai Chi stresses to its practitioners that they must observe proper breathing and correct posture to facilitate the flowing Chi pattern. Tai Chi can also be used as a form of self-defense, but it is less stressed as time moves forward.

Schools

Today, there are four popular schools of Tai Chi-Yang, Wu, Sun, and Chen. These four are all unique in appearance and method of instruction. Still, all follow the fundamentals of the basic principles applied in ancient Tai Chi that consist of the cultivation of chi, correct posture, and breathing principles.

Yang Style

This is the most famous and popular form of Tai Chi. In this kind of style, the body emphasizes consistency regarding its movement speed, smoothness, and slow but refined motion with continuity throughout the entire session.

Chen Style

When the Chen style of Tai Chi is performed, it features a motion that is in slow portions but then builds a stronger inner chi. It also exhibits a more explosive form with a fast turning when attacking. The back foot remains the same with the Yang style, but as to be straight, it maintains a bent back knee.

Maybe quite similar to the traditional style of kung fu San Diego wherein stances are the opposite of the Yang and Wu styles. All stances are often done in a low state and have a bit of an external feeling.

Sun Style

This type of Tai Chi was created in the year 1914 by Sun Lu Tang. By combining the three with the theory supported by Yi Jing, the principles of Taoism, and Qigong, he created a new and unique style of Tai Chi.

Wu Style

Considered as the youngest, it represents high stances and much slower movements. The front stances are parallel. This type of Tai Chi introduces many reaching and leaning movements that are more controlled and slower than the rest.

By combining Taoism’s different principles, kung fu, and the theory of Yi Jing, he created the ever-popular form of meditation, Tai Chi.

When the Chen style of Tai Chi is performed, it features a motion that is in slow portions but then builds a stronger inner chi. By combining the three with the theory supported by Yi Jing, the principles of Taoism, and Qigong, he created a new and unique style of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi stresses to its practitioners that they must observe proper breathing and correct posture to facilitate the flowing Chi pattern. Tai Chi can also be used as a form of self-defense, but it is less stressed as time moves forward. Incorporating Tai Chi can enhance one’s martial arts longevity.