Origins of T'ai Chi
Believing In Chi
Self-anointed T'ai Chi Masters
Correcting the 70/30
Yang Double Edge Sword
Then we will be as happy as a fish in crystal water~Cheng Man-ch'ing~
Bataan performing his sword and solo exercies
Bataan Memorial Slideshow
T'AI CHI CH'UAN
T'ai-chi Ch'uan is an enduring, effective and complete
path to awareness and harmony of body, mind and spirit. The ancient Chinese
discipline uses the slow movement to study complete relaxation, accuracy
of position, balance, evenness of motion and correct breathing. For the
body it is a martial art and a rejuvenating exercise which opens us so that internal energy
or 'chi' can better circulate. For the mind, it is a study in deep, relaxed
concentration. For the spirit, it is a system of meditation. It is said
that whoever practices T'ai Chi over a period of time will gain the pliability
of a child, the health of a lumber jack and the peace of mind of a sage.
T'ai Chi is the application of Taoist and Confucian principles
concerning non-action, timing and balance applied to movement and includes
Chi Gung exercises such as Animal Forms and Eight Ways, a variety of weapons,
sparring and the form or solo exercise.
T'ai Chi Exercises
T'ai Chi Form - The 37 postures of Cheng Man-ch'ing's Yang
Style Short Form are taught for health, self-defense and meditation.
Chi Gung Animal Forms - Animal nature is to be genuine in every
moment. Prehistoric Chinese imitating cranes, bears, deer,
monkeys and tigers developed these predecessors to martial arts.
Chi Gung 8 Ways - To revive what is exhausted, to rejuvenate that
which is in decline. Movements and principles designed to counteract the
effects of aging and poor health, these gentle exercises work with relaxation
& mindfulness to develop timing and balance.
T'ai Chi Sword - Once a practical weapon, the sword still
has great value to study extending chi beyond the body.
Tui Shu - Releasing and receiving, Push Hands deepens
understanding of the principle of softness developing agility, alertness,
timing and balance.
Ta Lu - Adds agile steps to sparring as players work to the
four corners using Pull, Split, Shoulder Strike and Elbow Strike.
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