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.