Tim: should I learn Yang or Chen style?

Tim's Discussion Board: Tai Ji Quan : Tim: should I learn Yang or Chen style?
   By Jason Todd on Monday, July 03, 2006 - 08:59 pm: Edit Post

I've started learning Taiji from a local teacher by me. He knows Yang style (yang jian hou lineage) and Chen style. I only want to focus on one style due to time restraints and simplicity.

Tim, as someone who knows both styles, do you have a preference between them? I want to learn specifically Taiji's method and techniques for stand-up grappling, force neutralization, and throwing as well as a form or two. Would one style be better for this focus? Could you recommend a style, or comment on things you feel are note worthy to help me make a decision?


   By Tim on Tuesday, July 04, 2006 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post


It would depend on the teacher. Watch him teach both classes, and see which one you feel best suits your needs.

I'd first make sure the teacher emphasizes what you are looking for. How much time is spent on technique practice, sparring etc.

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