Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan)
(pronounced TIE gee chwahn), also transliterated
as Taiji or Tai Chi, is a centuries old Chinese internal
art practiced for health, relaxation and self-defense.
It is characterized by rounded continuous movements
by a calm yet concentrated mind. The movements embody
alternating action (yang) and relaxation (yin) causing
cycle of energy (chi) flowing out to the extremities and
back to the center (tan t'ien) of the body. Daily
practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan improves muscle tone,
awareness and joint flexibility, balances energy and
metabolism, improves posture and breathing, relaxes
the body, calms
the mind, and brings healing energy to the internal organs.
in the western world, which concentrates on the outer
and develops the physical body, T'ai Chi Ch'uan develops
both the mind and the body. Conditioning exercises build
strength in the legs, spine, waist, and internal organs;
the meditative aspects develop a firm foundation (root),
respiration, a calm and focused mind and proper alignment
in the body.
T'ai Chi Ch'uan
both builds and rebuilds the spirit and the body.
tell of increased mental capacity, lucid thinking, a
sense of peacefulness, sounder kidneys, better digestion,
blood pressure, and
better injury resistance.
T'ai Chi Ch'uan
not only promotes health but also applies to everyday
For example, the posture "roll back" teaches
relaxation, the ability to step aside from a quarrel or
an attack -
or to roll back - instead of meeting the attacker or stress
In its advanced
form, T'ai Chi Ch'uan can be studied for its meditative,
medical, and self-defense aspects. Each posture has many
functions for martial arts applications. The goal and highest
use of T'ai Chi Ch'uan is the cultivation of perfect health.
Chi Ch'uan can
basic mechanics for physical power
the legs, spine and waist
a strong root
healing energy to the organs
the body and calms the mind
be a lot of fun to learn and practice!