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Published on May 13, 2012
Chang style tai chi chuan 108 long form
"Chang style" is a relativley new form of Tai-chi -chuan, dating back to the 1930's. The late Grandmaster Ch'ang Tung-sheng devised his system of Tai-chi-chuan Because of his Shuai Chiao skills and full contact fighting expertise, Chang Tung Sheng felt that some of the original Tai Chi movements left the practitioner vulnerable to attacks from an opponent. Therefore, he took the liberty to modify a number of movements to be more adaptable to combat situations. Other than the modified movements, Chang Tai Chi is almost identical to Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. However, what really separates Chang Tai Chi from Yang style and other styles of Tai Chi and makes it a unique Tai Chi style in its own right is the application of the movements. Due to Chang Tung Sheng's extensive knowledge of kung fu, and of Shuai Chiao in particular, he felt that the applications of the Tai Chi movements were most effectively expressed in the context of Shuai Chiao. The long, graceful movements of Yang style Tai Chi flow naturally into the locking and throwing techniques of Shuai Chiao. Expanding the typical applications of the movements with Shuai Chiao added great depth and effectiveness to the system. Tai chi is Shuai Chiao and Shuai Chiao is tai chi. With science and technology now able to study the effect of Tai-Chi and Chi Kung on the body, the benefits of what the ancient masters already knew of are becoming more accepted and sought after. Ch'ang's Tai-Chi is no exception. The soft, circular arm movements and constant emptying and filling of the legs with the body's weight develop strength, poise and balance. Tai-Chi's power is developed in the legs, controlled by the waist and manifested in the fingertips. The continuous twisting of the waist massages the internal organs and yields increased vitality and a sense of calm.