The Styles

The Family Styles

There are many styles of Taijiquan, but the five major styles (in the order of the time of origin) are Chen, Yang, Wu Hao, Wu, Sun. Even within each style there are many variations.

Chen Style

The Chen style of taijiquan is considered the oldest of the five major styles and the origin of the other styles. Chen Wangting is believed to have founded the Chen style of taijiquan in the 16th Century.

Chen Fake (also known as Ch’en Fa-k’e) a member of the Chen family and a 17th generation practitioner is identified as one of the most influential figure in the history of Chen-style of taijiquan.

Chen Fake had many students. Among them were Pan Yongzhou, Hong Junsheng, Gu Liuxin, Lei Muni, TIan Xiuchen, Chen Yuxia, Li Zhongyin, Tian Jianhua and Feng Zhiqiang. Chen Fake’ descendants also continued to teach and practice Taijiquan.

Chen Taijiquan Videos

Following are some YouTube clips of Chen Fake’ students and of his grandson Chen Xiiaoxing.

Chen Historic Individuals

The following have had a significant influence on the development or dissemination of Chen style taijiquan.

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Chen Wangting​

1580 – 1660

Sometimes known as Chen Zouting. Chen was a Ming Dynasty general who is credited with the formation of the Chen-style taijiquan.

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Chen Changxing

1771 – 1853

An influential martial artist of the ‘Chen style’ lineage training Yang Luchan who was to become know as the founder of Yang-style of taijiquan.

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Chen Fake

1887 – 1957

Chen Fake was a member of the Chen family and a 17th generation practitioner and is identified as one of the most influential figure in the history of Chen-style of taijiquan.

Yang Style

Yang style taijiquan (tai chi chuan) created in the 19th Century by Yang Luchan is considered the most popular and widely practiced of the styles of taijiquan.

Yang Chengfu (the grandson of Yang Luchan) is credited with modifying and popularising the Yang-style taijiquan. Yang Chengfu had many students. Among them were famous masters such as Chen Weiming (also known as Chen Zengze and Chen Wei-ming), Li Yaxuan, Tung Ying-chieh (also known as Dong Yingjie), Chen Weiming (also known as (also known as Cheng Man-ch’ing, Zheng Manging and Zheng Manqing) and Fu Zhongwen (also know as Fu Chung-wen).

Yang Taijiquan Videos

Following are some YouTube clips of the descendants and students of Yang Chengfu.

Yang Historic Individuals

The following have had a significant influence on the development or dissemination of Yang style taijiquan.

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Yang Luchan

1799 – 1872

Yang played a major role in disseminating taijiquan throughout China. This resulted from his influence as an instructor of the Imperial Guard and members of the Qing Court and the many teachers he trained.

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Yang Jianhou

1771 – 1853

The youngest son of Yang Luchuan was a well-known instructor of the time who passed on his art to his sons Yang Shao-hou and Yang Chengfu. Yang Chengfu is credited with introducing Yang style to the public.

Yang Chengfu

1883 – 1936

Yang Chengfu (the grandson of Yang Luchan) is credited with modifying and popularising the Yang-style taijiquan and published a number of books on the subject in the 1930’s.

Wu Hao Style

The Wu Hao style of Taijiquan is characterised by slow and internally loose movements.

Wu Yuxiang in the 19th century combined techniques from his studies of both Chen and Yang styles to develop the Wu Hao-style of taijiquan. However, Hao Weizhen in late 19th to early 20th century is credited with making improvements to the style.

Wu Hao Taijiquan Videos

Following are some YouTube clips of the descendants and students of Hao Weizhen.

Wu Hao Historic Individuals

The following have had a significant influence on the development or dissemination of Wu Hao style taijiquan.

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Wu Yuxing

1812 – 1880

Wu Yuxiang is credited with the development of the Wu Hao-style of taijiquan in the 19th century. The Wu Hao-style of Taijiquan is characterised by slow and internally loose movements.

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Hao Weizhen

1842 – 1920

Also known as Hao Wei-chen. He was responsible for taking the Wu style he had learnt out to the wider public, and as a way to distinguish it this style it is often referred to as the Wu Hao Style.

Wu Style

Wu style is considered to have been developed by Wu Quanyou and his son Wu Jianquan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Wu Taijiquan Videos

Following are some YouTube clips of students and the descendants of Wu Jianquan.

Wu Historic Individuals

The following have had a significant influence on the development or dissemination of Wu style taijiquan.

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Wu Quanyou

1834 – 1902

Also known as Wu Ch’uan-yu was a Manchu officer of the Palace Guard who became known as the co-founder (along with his son) of the Wu style of taijiquan.

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Wu Jianquan

1870 – 1942

The son of Wu Quanyou was also known as Wu Jian-Quan or Wu Chien-ch’uan. A famous instructor and co-founder (along with his father) of the Wu style of taijiquan.

Sun Style

The Sun style of taijiquan is known for its smooth and flowing movements with gentle postures and high stances.

Sun Taijiquan Videos

Following are some YouTube clips of the daughter and granddaughter of Sun Lutang.

Sun Historic Individuals

The following have had a significant influence on the development or dissemination of Sun style taijiquan.

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Sun Lutang

1861 – 1932

Sun Lutang (born Sun Fu Quan) is credited with the development of the Sun-style of taijiquan in the early part of the 20th century. His publications in the early 1900’s codified a set of ideas associated with the nature taijiquan that are still relevant today.

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