Welcome to New York Taichi Society


Tai chi developed in ancient China. It started as a martial art and a means of self-defense. Over time, people began to use it for health purposes as well. Accounts of the history of tai chi vary. A popular legend credits its origins to Chang San-Feng, a Taoist monk, who developed a set of 13 exercises that imitate the movements of animals. He also emphasized meditation and the concept of internal force (in contrast to the external force emphasized in other martial arts, such as kung fu and tae kwon do).

Tai chi incorporates the Chinese concepts of yin and yang (opposing forces within the body) and qi (a vital energy or life force). Practicing tai chi is said to support a healthy balance of yin and yang, thereby aiding the flow of qi.

People practice tai chi by themselves or in groups. In the Chinese community, people commonly practice tai chi in nearby parks—often in early morning before going to work. There are many different styles, but all involve slow, relaxed, graceful movements, each flowing into the next. The body is in constant motion, and posture is important. The names of some of the movements evoke nature (e.g., "Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain"). Individuals practicing tai chi must also concentrate, putting aside distracting thoughts; and they must breathe in a deep and relaxed, but focused manner.


There are five major styles of Tai Chi Quan, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated:

  1. Chen-style (陳氏) of Chen Wangting (1600–1680)

  2. Yang-style (楊氏) of Yang Lu-ch'an (1799–1872)

  3. Wu- or Wu (Hao)-style (武氏) of Wu Yu-hsiang (1812–1880)

  4. Wu-style (吳氏) of Wu Ch'uan-yu (1834–1902) and his son Wu Chien-ch'uan (1870–1942)

  5. Sun-style (孫氏) of Sun Lu-t'ang (1861–1932)


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Chen Style

Yang Style

Wu Style

Sun Style