Internal styles are a stark contrast to the external counterparts. Training in these forms requires slow and precise movements. It is in these moments where students learn to control their mind and body to gain insight of the minute subtitles. The goal being to involve the entire body in every movement, to stay relaxed and maintain perfect balance.
Wu Style Tai Chi | 武式太极拳
Tai Chi Quan is a traditional internal Chinese martial art. It is designed to develop “internal” power. Its movements are practiced very slowly and smoothly. In this way, one can develop connection through ones entire body. This training is very good for health, as has been shown in a recent study from Harvard University.
Wu Style Tai Chi Quan is a style of Tai Chi that is very difficult to find outside of Mainland China. For many years, the style was only taught to members of the Wu family. It differs from other Tai Chi styles in that its movements tend to be smaller, and more focused on moving from ones center (core). Generating motion in this way uses all parts of the body. This is why high level Tai Chi can be such an effective martial art. More importantly, it is why Tai Chi is such a healthy exercise.
Shang Style Xing Yi Quan | 尚式形意拳
Xing Yi Quan (形意拳) translates to Form-Intention Boxing. While Xing Yi Quan is not common in western countries it is very popular in China. It is one of the first Martial Arts to be promoted for its health benefits as well as its martial effectiveness. Xing Yi Quan naturally complements Traditional Tai Chi due to the fact that they are both designed to make the practitioner healthy by moving internal power.