Tai Chi Chuan – ‘Supreme Ultimate Force’, is an internal martial art that is associated with the Chinese concept of yin and yang, two equal elements that have dynamic duality (male/female, active/passive, dark/light, forceful/yielding, etc.). The movements are soft, gentle and relaxed while still managing to remain strong and steady; primarily involving three aspects: health, meditation and martial arts.
Tai Chi health training concentrates on the circulation of ‘chi’ within the body, the belief being that by doing so the health and vitality of the person are enhanced. This ‘chi’ circulates in patterns that are close related to the nervous and vascular system and thus the notion is closely connected with that of the practice of acupuncture and other oriental healing arts.
Tai Chi meditation training concentrates on fostering a calm and tranquil mind, to help with focus and relieving stress. This assists in the precise and fluid execution of Tai Chi movements.
Tai Chi’s martial art training concentrates on the appropriate change in response to outside forces; the study of yielding and “sticking” to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force, using soft movements to defeat hard movements.
The benefits of practicing Tai Chi correctly is that it provides a practical avenue for learning about such things as balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body’s vital centre, and so on. Thus the practice of Tai Chi chuan in some measure contribute to being able to better stand, walk, move, run, etc.
Today, Tai Chi has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of Tai Chi trace their development to at least one of the five traditional styles: Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu and Sun. At the school you can have the chance to learn Yang, Chen and Wudang styles.