Sun Style Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is one of the five styles recognised by the Government of China as the main classical styles, the others being the Chen, Yang, Wu and Hao.
The Sun Style was developed by Sun Lutang by building on the previous classical Tai Chi styles using his vast knowledge of other internal Chinese martial arts to produce the ultimate or last of the five classical Tai Chi styles. The Sun Style differs from the previous classical styles particularly in the more upright posture and easier flowing shorter stepping movements.
Tai Chi is one of the best known martial arts of the Internal systems from ancient China. Based on Qigong and martial art techniques from thousands of years ago. Sun style is the youngest of the major styles. It was created by Sun Lu-tang (1861-1932). Sun was a well-known exponent of the Xingyiquan and Baguaquan (two famous internal martial art styles) before he learned Tai Chi.
The essential principles of Tai Chi are based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, which stresses the natural balance in all things and the need for living in spiritual and physical accord with the patterns of nature. According to this philosophy, everything is composed of two opposite, but entirely complementary, elements of yin and yang, working in a relationship which is in perpetual balance. Tai Chi consists of exercises equally balanced between yin and yang, which is why it is so remarkably effective.
Benefits of tai chi are said to include:
The unique Qigong in Sun style brings great internal power, like water in the river, beneath the calm surface there is immense power within the current. This power is especially effective for healing and relaxation; its higher stances make it easier for older people to learn. It is also compact, not requiring a large space in which to practice. Sun has so much depth that it holds learners' interest as they progress.
The flow of Qi is an enjoyable feeling that a practitioner acquires more quickly from learning this style.