Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of t’ai chi ch’uan are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements
Today, t’ai chi ch’uan has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of Tai chi trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu, and Sun.
Yang Style Tai chi: The Most Popular Style
Yang Style Tai Chi is the most popular and widely practiced tai chi style throughout the world. The Yang form is typically done with slow, steady movements, which help practitioners to relax and to feel the flow of energy within their bodies. The movements are large enough to foster a sense of exuberance and freedom.
Beautiful to watch, relaxing to do, the Yang style tai chi is also lyrical in its moves, such as “Needle at Sea Bottom”, “Fair Lady Works the Shuttles”,and “Grasping the Sparrows Tail”.With its grace and emphasis on relaxation and smooth internal energetics, the Yang style attracts and retains many students each year.