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Traditional and Competition Tai Chi 传统太极拳套路与竞赛太极拳套路

Updated: Aug 10

Traditional Tai Chi

Traditional Tai Chi consists of two parts: Tai Chi Routines and Push Hand exercises. Tai Chi Routines are a series of Tai Chi movements that facilitate individual practice. Through the practice of routines, understanding the coordination of Tai Chi movements, mind and energy flow (Chi), one gains stability and relaxed alertness. It is the prerequisite for Push Hand training that is carried out with a partner to feel and counter opponent's force.

Competition Tai Chi

Since the 1950s, the Chinese authorities have made tremendous effort to promote Tai Chi as a community sport. At the same time, China has hosted many national Tai Chi competitions. For that purpose, the Chinese Sport Commission has successively compiled different new Tai Chi routines with guidelines on how these forms and movements shall be presented, and the scoring standards for the difficulty and complexity of such movements. This kind of competition routines became a way for the masses to keep fit and a special competition event.

However, it should be noted that the difference lies in the method of practice, focusing on Tai Chi principles or merely presentation of external forms, instead of distinguishing by routines alone. A traditional Tai Chi Routine focus only on presentation cannot be considered as Traditional Tai Chi.



传统太极拳由太极拳套路和推手练习两部分组成。太极拳套路是一系列太极拳动作的编排,方便单人练习。个人通过套路的特定规则锻练自身肢体的控制与动作的松柔。掌握意,气与劲力的结合。是太极拳锻练的前提。通过套路练习,了解太极的动作与自身意与力的协调, 才能在推手时懂劲,化劲。






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