- Tai Chi
In 1956, China State Sports General Administration, formerly known as the China Sports Commision made the decision to create a series of 24 simplified movements of traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan to promote Tai Chi.
This 24-form has 24 steps or actions that takes between 4-6 minutes to complete. As the steps or actions are low impact, coupled with a smooth posture it is recognised as the basic or easy to learn simplified Tai Chi Chuan. This form is suitable for all ages, and is the most practiced form throughout China and the rest of the world
Tai Chi Chuan is one of the most influential Chinese martial arts and Yang Style Tai Chi is the most popular. It is composed of slow, gentle and constant body movements, and is often called a “moving meditation”. This 40- posture Yang style Tai Chi Chuan is a standard form and used as competition form. Practitioners perform a series of postures designed to achieve balance and harmony in both body and mind, as well as to improve overall health..
Tai Chi Chuan 42 is a competition form, made up from the Yang movements with aditions of Chuan, Chen, Wu, and Sun and other representative action genre. This was created the appropriate difficulty and ensured that the practioner adopts all of the various techniques and also reflects the need for fitness.
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan is one of the oldest of traditional tai chi, and has slow spiral movements that are the essence of this style. The Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan Old Frame 1 actions are relatively simple and are the basic learning for Chen Style Tai Chi. It is mostly made up off soft spiralling movements intersperced with forceful strength based punches. It is suitable for practitioners with good physical health.
The Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan 56 is the recognised steps used in Chinese National Competitions. This Competition style is made up from the basic actions of Old Frame 1 and Old Frame 2. This form has Slow and Fast continuous actions with stretching movements. Tai Chi 56 is ideal for public exhibition and fitness training.
Sun style Tai Chi is a traditional Han Chinese and one of the excellent Tai Chi Chuan styles. In the late Qing Dynasty, in Wan County (now Shunping) Sun Lutang (1860-1933) created this style of Tai Chi Chuan. The Sun-style Tai Chi Chuan is well known for its smooth, flowing movements. The footwork of Sun style is unique, when one foot advances or retreats the other follows. It also exhibits small circular movements with the hand. Its gentle postures and high stances make it very suitable for geriatric exercise and martial arts therapy.
Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan is reknown for its soft, slow and continuous features, that move in arcs or circular motions. As opposed to most style Tai Chi styles that are upright, Wu style Tai Chi is oblique in its movements, very relaxed and natural. There are five excellent styles of Tai Chi Chuan and the Wu style is considered as one of them
Seated Tai Chi Chuan, also known as wheelchair Tai Chi is predominatly for people with disabilities or dysfunction of the lower limbs. All movements are made from the sitting position and are relevent to the upper body actions and that each movement is driven by the idea of lower limb activity, to achieve a whole body workout.