Sun Style Taijiquan was created by the famous Chinese
martial arts master, Sun Lu Tang (1861-1932) in the early 1900s. Sun Lu
Tang was an acknowledged master of two other kung fu styles, xing-yi
chuan and bagua zhang, which he fused together with Hao Style Taiji to
create his own, new taijiquan. Sun Style Taijiquan contains the linear
striking fist methods of xing-yi, the nimble footwork and palm techniques of bagua and the neutralizing and “sticking” effects of Wu
(Hao) Style Taijiquan. Sun Lu Tang took the best aspects of the
styles he had already mastered and distilled them into a taiji form
which he continued to teach and practice to the end of his days.
Sun Style is characterized by high stances and quick, agile footwork.
As one begins to learn the form, it quickly becomes apparent that the
martial aspects of taijiquan have been left intact in this style. An
immediately noticeable difference between Sun and other styles of taijiquan
is the “open and close” move performed throughout the set. This is a
qigong move which makes Sun Style Taiji especially good for maintaining
health and reducing stress. Because of the high stances, Sun Style
Taiji can be practiced by people of all ages and has been
adopted by the American Arthritis Foundation as an adjunct therapy for
Sun was not selfish with his art and wrote
several books expounding on the health and self-defense benefits
contained in his taiji. These books remain important references for the
serious martial artist and some contain valuable photographs of Sun demonstrating postures. Sun taught and passed down his taiji to his
daughter Sun Jian Yun who is the current Sun Style Grandmaster and
lineage holder. Because we are still very close to the original source
of this style, we have an art that has not been diluted or
altered through the generations.
The traditional Sun Style curriculum includes the 97 posture long form and the straight sword set. In addition, there is also a 73 posture competition form and a 35 posture introduction form.
Below is a youtube video of the Sun Style Competition Form.