WHAT IS TAIJI?
Taiji quan (or Taichi chuan) is a martial art that incorporates the principle of overcoming the hard with softness. It is also a fysical activity involving elegant movements and breathing exercises that improve one's posture and health.
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Taiji originated in China about 350 years ago. The name “Tai Ji” was used for the first time in the XVIII century when it was used to explain it's relation to Daoist theories on oposing yet interdependent principles in nature (Yin/Yang).
WHAT STYLE DO YOU TEACH?
We practice the Chen Taiji Curriculum of the Chen Family as taught to us by one of "Chen ZhengLei'"s preferred disciples, the 12th generation master of Chen Taiji quan, Fu NengBin (Chen DeBin).Read about them in Chen lineage
CAN I PRACTICE TAIJI?
Taiji can be done by anyone. It can be practiced very softly for health but also vigorously for selfdefense
IS IT GOOD FOR HEALTH?
Taiji is as healhty as any other sport yet it's slow, gentle and precise movements lets you exercise muscles, longues and heart without straining them. It helps improve posture and coordination, and can lessen back pains. When practicing Taiji, the practitioner's consciousness, breathing and actions are all closely connected. The transfer and focus of the practitioners energy corresponds to the network of meridians joining the acupuncture points used in traditional Chinese medicine. Taiji exercises stimulate blood circulation and the inner organs, as well as improving strength and muscle control. Taiji exercises help to improve health, co-ordination and posture and will promote general fitness and weight loss. Taiji stimulates the body and calms the mind, resulting in a balanced outlook and an overall improved sense of well being.
In the olden days practitiones of Tai Ji Quan were people who had to defend their family and village and had to take good care of their bodies and health. It was especially important to strengthen the muscles and ligaments to avoid injuries as sprains and the like. This way one also recuparates faster when an injury is sustained. Knowing how to stay calm and relaxed on the battle field to not tire oneself and run out af energy could possibly save your life.
TAIJIQUAN, TAICHI, TAIQI OR TAI CHI CHUAN?
Originally Taiji was called "Rou Gong" what can be translated as "Soft/flexible practice". Also used was the name "Paochui" or the style of hammers as cannons, which was inspired by its potent hitting. It was later that the name Taiji Quan was adopted.
We write "Tai Ji Quan" because this is the correct way accordng to the Pinyin system of transliteration and because it doesn't invite to wrong speculations on qi or energy being part of the name. "Ji" is pronounced as in "jeans" and "Tai Ji" means the "Grand Ultimate" .
In Daoist philosophy, which is the base of this martial art the empty state or void of being without movement is called "Wuji". Once a moviment starts, the whole universe which is our body, moves. What we call "Taiji" is the power that puts this universe in motion. After Taiji there is return to Wuji. So Taiji Quan is the style where every single fiber of the body needs to move together.