The meaning of Taijiquan (taichi) is literally ‘supreme, ultimate’. There are a number of different styles of Taijiquan practiced throughout the world today; however, the five most popular are: Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun and Wu (different). As well as being one of the most effective martial systems in all of history, it is extremely beneficial for personal health when practiced regularly. Its fundamental premise of “softness” means that it is extremely versatile and accessible for those of all ages and abilities.
The history of Taijiquan is shrouded in mystery but one of the more popular genesis stories is that of ‘The Dream of Chang San Feng’. Known as a Daoist priest and scholar, one night it is said that Chang San Feng dreamt of a snake and a crane fighting over food. Each animal had their own unique methods of attacking and defending but neither could overcome the other. This dream recurred night after night; nevertheless, neither snake nor crane was victorious.
Chang believed the dream to represent the universal dynamic of Yin-Yang theory and that only through the unity of opposites can an outcome be reached. Consequently, Chang San Feng established an art founded on these principles, this art is considered to be the “Supreme-Ultimate” or more commonly Tajiquan.
Taiji stresses slow, controlled breathing coupled with relaxed, balanced postures. This approach aims to eliminate unwanted tension in the practitioner’s body; consequently allowing the Qi to circulate freely as well as making it available to harness. The fluidity of taiji permits the practitioner to meet aggressive force with softness allowing one to strike or throw using the constantly flowing energy within the body.
The core elements that make up taiji are fist and weapon forms, as well as qigong, which all help the student to increase overall body flexibility, body awareness and an understanding of body mechanics. Students will begin by learning fist forms to get a basic understanding of the system itself, from there they can then move on to more advanced things such as sword, ball and fan forms.
Shengjing Shan, situated in Weihai, Shandong, China, is well-known as one of the most professional representatives who teaches taichi in China. Should you are interested in Chinese Kungfu, our school has many experienced masters at your service. From the origin and feature introduction to basic exercises and professional trainning, you can learn with our masters face to face or through video course.
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