Sun Style Taijiquan: 98,97 and 73, huh?

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Sun_LutangSun style Taijiquan is one of the main branches of taijiquan in existence today. While the form was created only at the turn of the last century, the fixation of the number of steps in the routines got people confused. Interestingly, this was believed to vary between 98, 97 and 73. I hope to shed some light on the origins of these numbers and hope future generations will be able to have a clear distinction between the forms.

Sun style count her blessings through the founder Sun Lu Tang’s book on taijiquan among his other books in internal arts. The Study of Taijiquan (Tai Ji Quan Xue) is a classic reference text that outlines the steps and movements in Sun style taijiquan. In this book, Sun Lu Tang explained the origins of Taiji through the use of I-ching. This explains why the first movement in Sun style taijiquan is The…

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