Sun-style t'ai chi ch'uan

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Sun-style t'ai chi ch'uan
Also known as Sun-style taijiquan
Sun family taijiquan
Sun school of taijiquan
Sun shi taijiquan
Date founded start of 20th century (January 1, 1900)
Country of origin China
Founder Sun Lutang
Current head Sun Yongtian (孙永田)
Arts taught T'ai chi ch'uan
Ancestor arts Wu (Hao)-style taijiquan
Practitioners Sun Xingyi (孙星一),
Sun Cunzhou (孫存周),
Sun Jianyun (孙剑云),
Sun Shurong (孫淑容)
Official website

The Sun-style (孫氏) t'ai chi ch'uan is well known for its smooth, flowing movements which omit the more physically vigorous crouching, leaping and fa jin of some other styles. The footwork of Sun style is unique, when one foot advances or retreats the other follows. It also exhibits small circular movements with the hand. Its gentle postures and high stances make it very suitable for martial arts therapy.


Sun style t'ai chi ch'uan was developed by Sun Lutang, who was considered expert in two other internal martial arts styles: xingyiquan and baguazhang before he came to study t'ai chi ch'uan. Today, Sun-style ranks fourth in popularity and fifth in terms of seniority among the five family styles of t'ai chi ch'uan. He was also considered an accomplished Neo-Confucian and Taoist scholar, especially in the Yi Jing and the T'ai chi classics. Sun learned Wu (Hao)-style t'ai chi ch'uan from Hao Weizhen, who was Li Yiyu's (李亦畬) chief disciple.[1]

Besides his earlier xingyi and bagua training, Sun's experiences with Hao Weizhen, Yang Shaohou, Yang Chengfu and Wu Jianquan influenced the development of what is today recognized as the Sun style of t'ai chi ch'uan.[2] Sun's son Sun Cunzhou (孫存周; 1893—1963) and daughter, Sun Jianyun (孫劍雲; 1914—2003) were t'ai chi ch'uan teachers, as well as Sun Cunzhou's daughter Sun Shurong (孫淑容; 1918—2005) who taught in Beijing until her death. Sun Wanrong (孫婉容; 1927—Present) who is the other daughter of Sun Cunzhou still teaches t'ai chi ch'uan in Beijing now.

T'ai chi ch'uan lineage tree with Sun-style focus[edit]


  • This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the 'gate-keepers' & most recognised individuals in each generation of Sun-style.
  • Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of the Sun style & not necessarily that of the family.

Solid lines Direct teacher-student.
Dot lines Partial influence
/taught informally
/limited time.
Dash lines Individual(s) omitted.
Dash cross Branch continues. CHEN-STYLE Zhaobao-style
WU (HAO)-STYLE Zhaobao He-style
Li-style (郝為真)
Hao Weizhen
3rd gen. Wu (Hao)
WU-STYLE (孙禄堂)
Sun Lutang
Sun Cunzhou
2nd gen. Sun
Sun Jianyun
2nd gen. Sun
Wudang-style (孙婉容)
Sun Wanrong
3rd gen. Sun

Sun Jian Yun - Jiao Guan Jun (presently in Baoding, Hebei)


  1. ^ Wile, Douglas (1995). Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty (Chinese Philosophy and Culture). State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0791426548. 
  2. ^ Yip, Li (Faye) (April 1998). "Principles and Practice of Sun Style T’ai Chi – T’AI CHI The International Magazine of T’ai Chi Ch’uan Vol. 22 No. 2". Wayfarer Publications. ISSN 0730-1049. 

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