What is T'ai Chi Ch'uan
The meaning of T’ai Chi Ch’uan translates as,
In China Tai Chi Chuan is a Martial Art fitness regime to practice on a daily basis using the Taoist principles of Yin and Yang to develop a healthy body and tranquil mind to find yourself. This was then extended into Feng Shou (kung Fo) for self -defence so you could protect your-self, family and village from an enemy.
In the West Tai Chi is thought to be just a soft gentle exercise to be practised by the elderly, to be used more for defending against illness than an enemy, although yes, it is, soft and gentle the principles are the same now, as it was back then and can be used to defend ourselves which today can be more verbal than physical force.
There are many styles of T’ai Chi which have been developed over time in China and the rest of the world.
The style that I practice and Teach is called the “Lee Style T’ai Chi Chuan” with a basic hand form that has 140 movements which are broken down into 42 sets with various titles which within each one has a spiritual meaning, these sequences are again broken down into 13 stances and 7 hand positions which control the energy of the body which is known as the Chi energy or life force energy.
The Tai Chi movements known as the “FORM” are done in an upright position following the golden principles of the lee style of Tai Chi. Using the breath to give a gentle rhythm and coordinated flow, so as we move our feet into a stance and breath “IN” recalling our Chi energy with our hands harmonizing the internal mind and body then breath “OUT” moving our feet into another stance, extending our Chi energy out with our circular hand movements completely relaxing the body, ready to begin the next breath “IN” giving us continuity of movement.
When we have finished our daily practice, we are energized and completely refreshed, ready for a well-balanced Chang Ming meal.
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