Hampstead       TAIJI QUAN


Chen Taiji Quan

Chen is the oldest and most dynamic style of Taiji Quan. It is considered the foundation of all known contemporary styles. Chen is noted for its explosive energy in the context of the flow characteristic of all Taiji Quan. This style encourages physical and psychological balance through the spiraling movement of internal energy. Together with the inner focus this style retains its vigorous martial arts aspects.

Yang Taiji Quan

Yang is one of most popular styles of Taiji Quan today, noted for its fluidity and grace. This style focuses on more linear movements and the circular flow of internal energy. Yang is an important contributory element of the modern mixed competition forms. Although the self-defense elements of this style are less obvious, the movements are still linked to this intention.

Taiji Quan

Taiji Quan has five major family styles; Chen, deriving from Chen Wangting (1597-1664); Yang from Yang Luchan (1799-1872); Wu from Wu Yuxiang (1812-1880); Sun from Sun Lutang (1861-1932); and Wu from Wu Jiangquan (1870-1943). All the styles have empty palm as well as weapons forms.

The philosophy of Taiji Quan is rooted in Daoism, which advocates natural effort, and in the ancient Book of Changes, Yi Jing. The movements of the forms and the teachings about internal energy are based on the complimentary relationship between Yin and Yang, the two fundamental forces that create and harmonize the universe by their interaction.


(Yang style) Shira Klasmer Tel: 07838 339 948        (Chen style) Millicent Hodson Tel: 07549 919 320


See Links page for demonstration videos of the YANG and CHEN Taiji forms