Although Tai Chi Chuan developed from practices in China reaching back into antiquity, the first formal documents recording Tai Chi Chuan concern the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan as taught by Chen Wan Ting around 1644. The Chen style was passed from generation to generation in the Chen village. The Chen style forms are the forms from which almost all of the modern Tai Chi Chuan forms have been derived. The Chen style is more open and vigorous then the other major Tai Chi forms. The speed alternates from slow to fast. As Master Jou Tsung Hwa said, the routine is like an encyclopedia of the science of movement and of the martial arts techniques of Tai Chi. The Chen style forms taught at the Center for Internal Arts were taught to Steve Barowsky by Master KC Mao who was a student of the famous Chen Chai Kuei and contains Master Mao's exquisite methods of balancing energy.
Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan
Yang style Tai Chi is one of the most popular forms of Tai Chi practiced in the world today. It was popularized by Yang Cheng Fu in the early part of this century. Yang made the form smooth and even, emphasizing the health benefits and making Tai Chi accessible to the general population. It has a comfortable balance between external range of motion and internal movements both physically and energetically. It is especially good for developing relaxed strength and balance
Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
The Wu style of Tai Chi is particularly beneficial for facilitating the healing of injuries, especially back problems. This form is the long form taught in the 1930's by Wu Jien Chuan, the Wu style founder, passing on the lineage to Liu Hung Chieh. Master Liu passed the lineage on to B.K. Frantzis. Steve Barowsky is a senior instructor for B.K. Frantzis. Master B.K. Frantzis derived the Wu short form from the Wu long form at the suggestion of Master Liu. The Wu style is a small frame form of Tai Chi Chuan. The movements are more compact on the outside while the internal actions are more intense. Both the original long form and the short form are taught at the Center For Internal Arts.
Tao Mao ( A new style)
The Tao Mao style has been recently developed by Master KC Mao. It retains the essence of the traditional forms while adding the dimension of performing many of the postures to the four sides , the four corners , forward and backward; Using more light fists to conserve energy and adding circling leg movements to almost all of the steps. Practicing the forms this way creates a very invigorating and balancing workout.