We teach Taoist Modified Yang Style Long Form. T’ai Chi translates to Grand (T’ai) Life Force (Chi). The nature of this life force or T'ai Chi is to move to the nearest position of balance and harmony. T'ai Chi is a form of Chinese martial arts, graceful, mindful, and fluid in movement, and slow in tempo. T’ai Chi Ch’uan is the internal martial art conditioning mind and body, utilizing the principles of the Dao or the Way. T’ai Chi emphasizes balance, posture, concentration, and the cultivation of breath control and flow of energy (Chi). It also promotes longevity, relaxation, and rejuvination. The practice of T'ai Chi confers strength and flexibility. T'ai Chi also includes the practice of weapons, T'ai Chi Sword, Fan, and Spears, and the practice of Qi Gong and meditation.
We also offer chair T'ai Chi for those with limited abilities.
T’a Chi has been variously described as a system of health, medicine, physical co-ordination, relaxation, self defense and consciousness-raising, as well as a means of exercise and personal development. It is indeed all of these things!
There are 5 main styles of T’ai Chi developed some 300 years ago: Chen, Yang, Wu, Hao, and Sun. Specific movements from one style can be identified in each of the other styles, but are performed with different emphasis, making them difficult to distinguish. There are also a number of subdivisions of each of the 5 major styles of T’ai Chi, reflecting the fact that methods and teachings differ from one school to another. The practice of any one of the 5 styles takes years of dedicated study. It has been said that a lifetime’s experience can rarely give complete mastery of the art, although years of practice certainly provide a great sense of accomplishment.
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