THE TAI CHI CHUAN OF WANG SHU CHIN
Tai Chi Chuan (the Boxing of Endless Transformation), originating probably around the year 1300, is the most noted and widely spread of the Chinese internal martial art styles.
There exist about one hundred principal classical styles and about a thousand minor ones.
Originating as a system of combat, the main aim in the practice of classical Tai Chi Chuan is the development of energy along three principle guide lines: the learning and strengthening of sophisticated bio-mechanisms which can generate force without relying on athletic prowess or muscular mass; the opening and development of the energetic channels of Chi, the application of such methodology in a martial context.
Alongside the classical styles, there exist the modern styles which also have an agonistic and athletic dimension.
The modern styles aim essentially at gymnastic and choreographic achievement.
In the Nei Jia Academy, the classical style of Grand Master Wang Shu Chin (1904-1981) is practiced.
This style derives directly from the Nanking Form, or Orthodox Synthesis, created in 1929 at Nanking under the aegis of the Chinese Government, by a commission of Masters of the Yang, Chen, Wu, and small Wu styles, to rediscover the most authentic version of the art.
The commission was presided over by the famous Master Chen Pan Ling, who having moved to Taiwan, taught it to Master Wang Shu Chin, the great expert of Hsing I and Pakua.
The Form, which already had the particular quality of uniting the best characteristics of the classical styles existing in that golden age, was further enriched by Master Wang with fundamental elements of Hsing I and Pa Kua.
As a result, this jewel of 100 movements, contains even today the spiral development of the energy that is particular to Tai Chi, as well as the rectilinear energy of Hsing I and the circular energy of Pa Kua in a harmonious sequence of compact, effective movements that possess a clear martial applicability.
The training prospectus of the Nei Ja Academy includes exercises for relaxation, postural alignment, methods for freeing the flow of energy, Nei Kung exercises, the practice of Tui Shou in pairs, and a Sword Form comprising 53 movements which is said to date back to Wang Zong Yue.