What is Tai Chi?

Taijiquan is a system of movement that dynamically transforms the body from a state of disharmony to a state of flow. There is no other exercise on earth that specialises in re-shaping the internal energy of body to such a degree as Taijiquan. The movements were designed and then refined over hundreds of years of study into the nature of the human body as it relates to the acupuncture system and in conjunction with the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine.

To the casual passer by Taijiquan appears to be a soft, gentle, and passive form of exercise, but to those who have gone the distance, Taijiquan is a challenging and demanding martial art that tests the limits of one’s strength, endurance, and power.

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Tai Chi on Youtube
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Taiji Step by Step #01 Standing Meditation

Standing Post or “Zhan Zhuang” increases your ability to develop “song” or relaxation which is one of thenmain skills to be developed for good Taijiquan.

Taiji Step by Step #02 Footwork

Getting your footwork right early in your practice will help you greatly in the long run as our feet are the foundation for the rest of the body.

Taiji Step by Step #03 The Center

The center or “dantian” is known as our “sea of qi” or “energy center”. One of the principles of Taiji is to “move from the center” or “lead with the center”.

Taiji Step by Step #04 The Upper Body

The movements of the arms in taiji will become one of the most joyful experiences in your long term practice, especially once they begin to move more freely.

Taiji Step by Step #05 Silk Reeling Single Hand

Silk reeling is the practice of continuous flowing movements that encourages the flow of qi and helps you to develop skills for your taiji.  

Taiji Step by Step #06 Silk Reeling Double Hand

Silk reeling is the practice of continuous flowing movements that encourages the flow of qi and helps you to develop skills for your taiji. 

10 Tips for improving your Taiji

There are many things that one can choose to focus on in Taiji, and it’s important to not get stuck on the small stuff and instead focus on what will move the needle for you.

The struggles of taiji

At every level of taiji the student will experience challenges. Sometimes it can feel like one step forward and two steps back, but usually this is not the case.

The benefits of practicing Taiji

The health benefits of taiji are know worldwide and are well accepted by the academic community, yet there are many more intangible benefits that result from this art.

Taiji Lao Jia Yi Lu Form #01

The first movement in the lao Jia Yi Lu Form. A movement that appears very simple, yet to do it correctly can take years of dedicated practice.

Taiji Lao Jia Yi Lu Form #02

The second movement in the lao Jia Yi Lu Form. Buddhas Guardian pounds the mortar is repeated a number of times in the form with some slight variations each time.

Taiji Lao Jia Yi Lu Form #03

The third movement in the form is Tying the coat. Sometimes called “Lazily tying the coat” This movement introduces the side stepping.

Taiji Lao Jia Yi Lu Form #04

The fourth movement in the Lao Jia Yi Lu Form is Six Sealings, Four Closings. This is the first movement that finishes with the weight mostly in one leg.

Taiji Lao Jia Yi Lu Form #05

The fifth movement in the form “single Whip” is repeated many times and is perhaps one of the most famous taiji moves across all styles.

Taiji Lao Jia Yi Lu Form #06

This is the first repeat of the movement “Buddhas Guardian Pounds the mortar” with some very subtle differences that make the movement more difficult.

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