T’ai Chi, meaning the Supreme Ultimate, first recorded around 1750 is based upon a body of Chinese theory known to be at least 2000 years old. Lineage of Yang Style of Tai Chi dates back to Chen Chang-hsing, and formally established by Yang Lu –chan [Yang the Unsurpassed] (1799-1872). The greatest number of disciples of modern forms of Yang Style are traced back to Yang Cheng-fu [Yang the Invincible] (1883-1936). Chuan refers to fist as in martial art or martial training.
It is said that the practice of Tai Chi integrates the yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) principles as visually interpreted in the symbol of yin/yang associated with Tai Chi.
Regular practice of this ancient art form promotes overall health and wellness for the entire human system, mind, body and spirit.
Some of the basic health benefits include increased balance, coordination, flexibility, muscular strength, stamina, endurance, and Aerobic capacity; as well as, calming of the mind and reduced stress and illness. Increased Chi potential and flow may also be experienced.
Tai Chi is considered to be a kinetic or movement based meditation. It focuses on body movement, poise, balance, breath and relaxation as an integrated system for natural healing and sustained health. At the same time Tai Chi is considered to be a soft, but compelling martial art. There are three focuses regarding training in any martial arts system; Wu Kung, referring to self-defense or martial training; Wu Shu, referring to health and beautification of the whole body system; and Wu-Te referring to the highest level of philosophy within the martial arts training, mental, physical, spiritual and social development. Our focus will be centered on training within the Wu Shu branch of these disciplines.