Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a complex and highly developed art that gives the practitioner a feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction which goes beyond that offered by other forms of exercise.

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About Tai Chi

Tai Chi is more than just an exercise for calmness and relaxation. It is a complex and highly developed art that gives the practitioner a feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction which goes beyond that offered by other forms of exercise. This is because Tai Chi movement is smooth, refined, elegant and creates a balance of energies both internally as well as externally. Over time the practitioner will eventually sense the chi (energy) circulating within their body which will enable them to achieve the understanding of chi circulation through the body. This chi understanding and work can then be used in self-defence too.

The principle that Tai Chi uses for fighting is different to ‘hard’ style martial arts which rely on muscular force. Tai Chi uses the principles of ‘soft against hard’ and ‘weakness to defeat strength’. The more one person practices, the better one will become and the defence capability grows, not weakens, with age.

However because martial theory of Tai Chi is complex, it is more difficult to comprehend and will take a longer period of time to reach martial capability. Complementing Tai Chi with ‘hard styles’ (and vice versa) will often give the practitioner a better understanding towards martial arts.

Within the art of Tai Chi there are several styles or branches which vary in focus and movement – the underlying theory is the same throughout all the styles of Tai Chi, but their application and practice differ. These popular styles are all named after the families that developed them: Yang Style, Chen Style, Hao Style, Sun Style and Wu Style and are the most commonly practised in the world today.

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