For the beginning student, the study of Chen style Taijiquan starts quite naturally with the first form of the old frame; in Chinese: Laojia yilu or perhaps a short form based on the postures from Laojia Yilu
These forms link the concepts of yin & yang with postures whose origin lies firmly in the realm of martial arts.
The result is a unique blend of slow, relaxed movements interspersed with those of a rapid but controlled release of directed energy.
Today, many students practise Taijiquan not for its martial aspect, but for the simple pleasure experienced from performing its movements.
For the intermediate and advanced students, Chen family Taijiquan offers a complete syllabus including other 'empty' hand forms such as Canon Boxing.
There are also two-person forms such as pushing hands as well as weapons forms utilising the sword, broadsword, spear, staff ....