What is the 24 Yang Style Tai Chi?
First - Tai Chi is an ancient martial art from China. It was actually used as a method (and a highly effective one at that) form of defense. It is different than most self-defense methods because instead of striking back at your opponent, you simply absorb and redirect your opponents own power to defeat them. Pretty cool.
Over the thousands of years, Tai Chi has been embraced for other wondrous qualities. It has remarkable healing properties, it builds physical and mental strength, and it improves balance.
In China, there are different families that practiced subtle versions of Tai Chi. You could think of it as dialects of the same language. Each family had their own way of moving through Tai Chi movements; each slightly different in appearance and application. These were passed down through the family generations.
So there is Chen Style Tai Chi (the oldest) from the Chen family. And there are other variations from the Wu family, the Sun family and yes, the Yang family.
In 1956, the Chinese government officially approved Tai Chi as a recreational activity, and specifically the Yang Style "shortened form" which is now known as the 24 Form. Therefore the Yang 24 Form has become the most well known and popular form of Tai Chi.
If you learn the 24 Yang Form, you can go to China (or anywhere really) and join in with the 100s of people that practice outside daily. You might not be able to speak the same language, but you can move together in the 24 Yang Style Tai Chi form set.
Pretty special, right?
So let's get learning!