SUN STYLE including

Tai Chi for Arthritis



including 24, 37 & 42



modified Sun/Yang  












Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan


Sun Style

( pronounced "soon" as in-- I will soon be learning tai chi!)

Click Yin Yang Symbol to learn more about the history and different Tai Chi and Qigong styles .


Sun style is the youngest of the major styles. It was created by Sun Lu-tang (1861-1932). He first mastered 2 distinct internal martial styles before he learned Wu- Hao style Tai Chi.  He used the stepping method from Ba Gua Zhang, the waist and leg methods from Xing Yi Chuan and the body softness of Wu-Hao tai chi and Sun style tai chi was born. He was one of the first martial artist to make martial books available to the public and the fist to break tradition and publicly teach women. His hope was students would learn martial arts not to fight but to improve their health of the body. His secret "was to seek balance of practice". His original family form  is 98 postures.

Currently four different classes of Sun style is taught depending on level of activity, health and intention. Sun Competition 73, Tai Chi for Healthy Joints/Arthritis Part 1 and 2 and Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program.



To Learn More About the Community Tai Chi Sun Style Program Click  or scroll below

  [ Who Participates [ The 12 Movements
  [  The Objectives [ Sun style 73 Class
  [  Effectiveness for Healthy Joints and Arthritis [ Class Information, Availability and Cost
  [ The Benefits [ Partnership with Arthritis Foundation


  Who Participates in Sun style classes?  

Students of all ages and abilities study Sun style tai chi. It is fluid and smooth with an  underlying current of internal energy in the spiral movements. Added to the spiraling, is the frequent and intentional use of Qigong, so students report they feel the energy (or Qi) faster in Sun style. The tempo is slow so you can learn about your body and posture and how you can improve and strengthen muscles supporting joints. The stance is higher so it is easier to practice without joint involvement. Breathing and mind intention lead to relaxation which leads to pain relief and increased confidence in moving. Hints are given to put tai chi in the most simple movements of daily living such as standing. Many students DO NOT have arthritis or chronic conditions but like the idea of a shorter easier form that quickly gives health benefits.


The class Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program (AFTC) is taught at the Escanaba and Gladstone Senior Center. It is based on the TCA program by Dr Paul Lam with additional information on arthritis. It is part of Life Improvement series created by the Arthritis Foundation of America that helps people with arthritis grow stronger, feel better and take control.

 It  is designed for individuals with  arthritis, rheumatic diseases, or related musculoskeletal conditions (there are over 100 different conditions under arthritis) primarily characterized by diffuse muscle pain, decreased muscle strength, and fatigue. The program would be appropriate for participants with mild or  moderate  joint involvements. It can be done sitting or standing. There may be people in the class who do not have arthritis but perhaps back problems or who are new to exercise.


Tai Chi for Healthy Joints/Arthritis (TCA) is taught at the studio using Dr Lam's program, has information about arthritis but also has additional healthful Qigong added. As students become more knowledgeable, confident and stronger they may choose to go from Part 1 to Part 2. The Depth of TCA goes over each martial aspect and the essential principles are highlighted. Additional movements are added to make a total of 41. Progression movements can be added if desired.

Sun 73 is the competition form from China. It was designed and modified from the  original form. It is not taught to learn to compete at Community Tai Chi but rather to give the serious student a natural progression and showcase of incredible movements that were created by Sun Lutang. Therefore the form is longer but full of fun challenges and more spiraling energy. Postures are modified for for students' ability or body.

Progression is all up to the student!

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  The Objectives of  Community Tai Chi Sun style program

Anyone can benefit from this class, including those interested in maintaining healthy joints as well as those living with arthritis

  • To provide a safe and interesting program, which is easy to learn for people of almost any physical condition or age without prior knowledge of Tai Chi

  • To deliver maximum relief from the main problems experienced by people with mild to moderate arthritis--namely pain and stiffness.

  • To benefit health  and wellness inn general

  • To improve relaxation

  • To allow personal learning to advance in a step wise progression determined only by intention and motivation of the student.

Feel Great * Stay Fit * Keep Moving

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  How Sun Style  Tai Chi Can Be Effective For Healthy Joints and Arthritis

In 1997 Dr Paul Lam, an Australian family doctor since 1974 and a practitioner and medal winner of tai chi,  realized the need of a specially designed tai  chi program for people with arthritis. His team of tai chi associates and medical specialists created the 12 movement Tai Chi for Arthritis program based on the Sun style. The program is now adapted by the Arthritis Foundation of USA and Australia, and supported by Arthritis Care of UK, and many other arthritis foundations worldwide. This form has been used in studies to prove tai chi positive benefits and effectiveness in health. The Sun style, one of four widely recognized styles, was chosen as being particularly effective for people with arthritis since it is characterized by:

  • Agile steps with many forward and backward movements: After any movement forward or backward with one foot, the other foot follows, providing more mobility and opening of the hips, which is very helpful to people with arthritis

  • Powerful Qigong exercise facilitates healing, improves breathing and facilitates relaxation. Qigong is particularly effective for healing and repairing cartilage, inflamed joints and tendons

  • Its high stance makes it easier for beginners of any age or condition to learn who are primarily seeking the health benefits of tai chi

  • Its great artistic depth that challenges students.

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  The Benefits of Tai Chi


  • *Improves muscular strength and flexibility

  • *Improves fitness and stamina

  • *Improved balance and reduction of falls

  • *Reduces the levels of pain and stiffness

  • Promotes relaxation and ability to cope

  • Improves posture and body awareness

  • Improves concentration and memory

  • Increases feelings of well being and rejuvenation

[ Tai Chi movements emphasize the importance of weight transference which helps balance and prevents falls

[ * Based on several documented studies and research. A recent randomized study (2001) conducted by three universities in Korea has shown Tai Chi For Arthritis program to relieve pain, improve quality of life and is safe. Repeated in 2003 and 2005 by various research groups.

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  Twelve Tai Chi Movements Learned

Part 1 class consists of 12 movements, special warm ups, cool downs, breathing, and Qigong exercises all with joint friendly precautions. Participants will be challenged by reversing the direction of the 12 movements. Part 2 consists of 10 additional movements (total of 32) that can be added to increase the depth of practice. As students progress then they move into a standard class of 73 movements or continue to take depth class of the 32 movements.

Regular and consistent participation in class and "playing" (practice) at home will maximize the benefits and strengthen the learning process.


Basic Movements

Advanced movements


1. Commencement Form

 6.  Brush Knee and Twist Step


2. Open and Closing Hands

 7.  Playing the Lute


3. Single Whip

 8.  Step Forward Parry and Punch


4. Wave Hand in Cloud

 9.  Block and Close


5. Opening and Closing Hands

10. Pushing the Mountain


6. Closing Movement

11. Opening and Closing Hands



12. Closing Movements

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  Class Structure and Information


   Please read general information about Classes offered by Community Tai Chi
  • Each class lasts 60 minutes
  • Pre-registration is required because:

    •  There is a size limit  for class

    •  Personal instruction is emphasized as well as group instruction.

  • Sessions are scheduled in a 12 week series, with one class per week.
  • Cost is charged per session. See Registration page for complete details

    • Elder rates available.

    • Try It for the First Time Class rates available.

    • Walk ins rates available.

  • Session schedule  See Schedule and Registration page for complete list

2015 Sun Tai Chi Brochure       


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The Statewide Partnership


In partnership with the Michigan Chapter Arthritis Foundation Exercise Alliance, Community Tai Chi is approved to provide  Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation.

For More information on the Arthritis Foundation, please click right.


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