Tai Chi Chuan, also known as Taiji Quan, was originally developed in ancient China as a martial art based on the concepts of Yin and Yang for the purpose self-defense.  Tai Chi Chuan has been translated as “the grand ultimate fist” and is characterized by it's slow-moving, graceful, low-impact movements promoting serenity while connecting the mind and body, which is why it is often considered meditation in motion.

Why do Tai Chi Chuan?

For adults who may be at your desks or vehicles all day, exercise is absolutely essential.  In addition to looking better, Tai Chi Chuan has been shown to stimulate chemicals in your brain which can also make you feel better.  Numerous studies show that Tai Chi Chuan's other benefits include:

  • reduction of anxiety and/or depression
  • improvement of balance, flexibility, and muscular strength
  • improvement of overall sleep quality
  • improvement of cardiovascular fitness in older adults
  • an increase in energy, endurance, and agility
  • reduction of falls in older adults

In addition to the benefits above, a
Harvard Medical School study recently found that Tai Chi Chuan also helps combat ailments such as arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, sleep deprivation, and strokes.  Besides improving the quality and longevity of your life, Tai Chi Chuan is simply fun!

Traditional Chen family-style (陳式,Chenshi) Tai Chi Chuan is the oldest and the parent of all other Tai Chi styles.  It was created by Chen Wangting, the 9th generation ancestor of the Chen Family as a family art with the intention of passing it to his descendants.  Chen-style is characterized by Silk reeling (chán sī jìn; 纏絲勁), alternating fast / slow motion and bursts of power (fa jin; 發勁). Traditional Chen Tai Chi Chuan can be practiced for its health benefits and as an internal martial art.  The Chen style offers a martial art system characterized by low powerful stances, whole-body twining / coiling movements, stomping, and explosive releases of power. This internal martial art embodies both yin and yang energies.  Training consists of bare hand routines, push-hand practice, and weapons forms including broad sword (dao),  straight sword (jian), staff (gun), and spear (qiang).  The complete system develops the practitioner's qi (vital energy) and the practitioner's stability, balance, leg strength, and correct body alignment.

Yang family-style (楊氏, Yángshi) Tai Chi Chuan its many variations is the most popular and widely practiced style in the world today and the second in terms of seniority among the primary five family styles of Tai Chi Chuan (Chen, Yang, Sun, Wu, Ng).  The Yang family first became involved in the study of Tai Chi Chuan in the early 19th century. The founder of the Yang-style was Yang Lu-chan (楊露禪, 1799–1872), who studied with the Chen family household under Chen Chang-hsing starting in 1820.  Yang eventually became a teacher and his subsequent expression and development of Tai Chi Chuan became known as the Yang-style.  Yang style Tai Chi Chuan is also practiced for its health benefits and as an internal martial art.  The Yang style is characterized by higher stances and more emphasis on slow flowing movements along with various hand and weapons forms similar to Chen style.

Hunyuan Tai Chi Chuan, also known as Chen Style Hunyuan Tai Chi (陳氏混元太極拳), is a traditional system of martial arts and self-cultivation. It is a branch of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan that was developed by Feng Zhiqiang (馮志強), one of the greatest practitioners and teachers of Chen Tai Chi during the 20th century. Master Feng was one of the top disciples of Chen Fa Ke, the first person to teach Chen Tai Chi openly in China.  Hunyuan Tai Chi is unique in that it seeks the original roots of Tai Chi practice by reintegrating Qigong into form movements, and emphasizing circular movements and other movement strategies that embody Yin-Yang theory.  Practice includes the exploration of key basic postures (the 8 Postures of Tai Chi Chuan), solo forms (including short simplified forms, and the original long form of Chen Tai Chi), Cannon Fist forms (fast forms), weapons practice, and self-defense applications of the forms. The curriculum also includes extensive push hands practice and Silk Reeling exercises.

Who can do Tai Chi Chuan?

Anybody can do Tai Chi Chuan! Tai Chi Chuan is skill-based, self-paced, and gentle so regardless of your age, gender, physical attributes, or experience, you can be taught Tai Chi Chuan at our modern training facility.  To find out how you can achieve your goals, contact us NOW!

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