Comparing Yang and Wu Tai Chi Styles


In this video I talk briefly about the Yang and Wu tai chi styles and how they came from the Chen village. Tai chi was brought out of the Chen village to Beijing where the form was modified and taught to the emperors guards. In tai chi there are large, medium and small frames, which essentially the is size of the movements. There once was a small frame Yang style but this has been mostly lost because the person who held the lineage committed suicide. The Wu style is a smaller frame of tai chi that is great for those seeking more internal work (neigong), meditators, the aging population and anyone with injury.

In the Tai Chi Mastery program I will be constantly making reference to the Yang style because it is the most popular form, and will also be looking at Chen style from time to time. The beauty of tai chi are its many styles and differentiation – and at the same time they all carry a common tai chi root.

I believe that no matter what style you do, one of the five main styles or another kind, that the most important element is to learn the internal energetics that go into tai chi because this is really what gives tai chi its juice. The internal energetics is why you feel wonderful, more energetic and peaceful after doing a tai chi form.

P.S. Interested in learning or improving your Yang and Wu Style Tai Chi? Check out my training schedule this summer where I will be teaching both the Short and Medium form of the Wu Style in a week long intensive!

Foreign Devil (not verified) wrote 14 weeks 13 hours ago

Yang & Wu Comparisons

When you (any "you") begin to talk about what's going on inside, it all sounds a bit too esoteric for me, but I've been doing both Yang and Wu for a good many years--7 or 8 very devotedly, and I'm getting back to there. In between--another 10--more of an off-again, on-again thing. For me, the calming effect is as important as the invigorating one, and I don't see a lot of difference there, except that one just feels -- better? righter? to me. That's Wu; but I don't know if it's because I learned it first or because I'm on the small and short side and it's smaller frame--unless you look at those pictures of Yang Cheng-Fu and Wu Jianquan that have them both in the same postures--and equally large and equally leaning. Have to recognize their faces to tell them apart. I find the whole subject of how different styles developed from the Chen lao jia yi lu fascinating. Also the routes they took to get to their present forms.

Robert Holly (UK) (not verified) wrote 17 weeks 4 days ago

My teacher here in the UK

My teacher here in the UK made this observation:
"Interesting to hear Bruce say that Yang Shou Hou didn't pass on his medium frame form.(That boat has sailed etc). My late teacher, Erle Montaigue, said that he learned it from Chang Yi Chun who was a student of Yang Shou Hou."

MARIO CABEZAS LEIGHTON (not verified) wrote 17 weeks 4 days ago


Hi Bruce, im really enjoy your videos and your point of view of taiji based in a experience of life.

Ron Marcotte (not verified) wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

Medium Form of Wu Style

I am certified in the Short Form of Wu Style but I would like to learn the Medium Form. Are there any plans to provide training videos of the Medium Form in the near future?
Thank you.
Ron Marcotte

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Energy Arts Team 1 wrote 17 weeks 2 days ago

Wu Style Medium Form training

Hello Ron, 

This isn't on the agenda that we are aware of but Bruce is teaching the Medium Form at our reatreat in North Carolina this summer so not only is this a great opportunity to come and learn with us, but there's a chance the footage from this event will be used in a future product.  No guarantees on the product, but we are can say with confidence that if you come this summer you'll have a chance to work on  your Medium form:

We hope you can join us or will at least consider it!

Warm Regards, 

Energy Arts Team

Thomasa DelValle (not verified) wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Tai Chi

Thank You. I love Tai Chi.

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