Each style of Tai-chi has its own system of Nei Gung. Some put more emphasis on the stationary stance and some put more emphasis on the moving form. The one system I like most is Wu-style's 24 styles. In the past, it was considered as a system only to be learned by disciples "who took the vow to keep the system in-house". Today, it is no longer a seller's market but a buyer's market. Everything is out: as least as far as the look of the forms is concerned.
Today, those who are interested in having an initial understanding of the 24-styles can simply buy a book: like one written by well known Wu-style master Wang DiXian (汪棣賢) titled "Tai-Chi Nei Gung" with the subtitle: the Yin and Yang 24-styles (太極内功：陰陽段２４式). And Master Mantak Chia also includes some of the stances, in particular the Golden Turtle stance (金龜式), into his own system of Iron-Shirt Chi-kung.
Nowadays strengthening one's body ready for combat can be done in a gym with the help of a professional coach. And those are interested in combat would most likely choose mixed martial art instead of tai-chi!
Having said that for those who practice meditation, tai-chi or related discipline, it will be beneficial to know that there is a body building "combat-ready" system that fits in well with what they are practicing. All fall under the the generic category of chi-practice or chi-kung. Needless to say, "a body ready to learn combat" is not the same as "a body that can do combat". Unfortunately, some tai-chi Nei-Gung teachers or practitioners fail to notice the difference (hopefully without some disastrous consequence).
I shall go into some details of some of the 24 styles Nei Gung in future posts.
|Golden Turtle stance: 金龜式|