Lots of good stuff going around the interweb about Yang Taiji. What’s the distinction between “Yang Family” and “Yang Style” taiji? This idea of “Family” style is a recent development within the taiji world. See the following links for lots of good reading about Yang taiji.
The comparisons mentioned by ZenMindSword on Taiji@Stagmont really hit the heart of the matter by looking at principles. In our execution of the form, do follow the principles of roundness, expand-contract, structural integrity, and martial intent?
For me, taiji is like an onion with many layers. What do I focus on when training the form? Do I focus on smoothness? Do I focus on connectedness? Do I focus on what direction my dantien is rotating? I get a bit frustrated if I try to focus on everything at once. It’s best to take things in little steps. Focus on one piece and slowly string them together.
I remember a time when I was doing single and double handed silk reeling exercises. I got so frustrated because I didn’t feel “connected” in my single handed silk reeling. My solution was to stop. I stopped doing single handed silk reeling for a month.
What’s the point? I’m not really sure. However, I am positive that if I keep practicing things will start to make sense.