Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Qi Gong Tai Chi differences

Someone asked me recently to explain the difference between Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong.

Very simply, the main difference in all Tajji-based martial arts is the speed in which they are practiced.
  • Chen-style Tai Chi is practiced with speed in its kicks.
  • Yang-style is practiced slowly throughout the form.
  • Qi Gong I have seen practiced at different tempos — even to go as far as pausing, so postures are held for better muscle memory and strength building.

The instructor and where the instructor learned his/her craft will determine form sequence and mode of practice.

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