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Yang style - Tai Chi Chuan


Background

Tai Chi was originally developed as a defensive martial art during the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Its roots lay in the Buddhist martial arts of the Shaolin Temple that were well established and widely practiced during this period, as they continue to be today.

The Taoist founders of Tai Chi believed that the Shaolin arts relied too much on brute force and aggressiveness. They modified and adapted the movements of Shaolin to make them more fluid and supple. Combined with Taoist breathing techniques and the philosophy of the I Ching, these more relaxed movements represented a reformation movement in Chinese martial arts.

Based on the principles of Yin and Yang and natural movement, Tai Chi is a subtle yet exceptionally effective combat system. Though initially practiced to develop concentration, strength and stamina, in application Tai Chi can be as fast as lightning, as powerful as great waves breaking on a beach.

While combative aspects are not stressed in beginning classes, practical defense applications are frequently introduced to clarify the underlying logic of the movements.



Learning Tai Chi

Students initially learn a series of stretching, breathing and visualization exercises known as Chi Kung. These ancient practices are designed to open up the energy pathways to facilitate the flow of Chi (vital energy) throughout the body.

Chi Kung is the foundation that prepares students for learning the fundamental movements of Tai Chi. With a working knowledge of basic patterns and principles, they begin to learn the Yang style solo practice set. In this set, the individual movements are strung together like pearls in a flowing, unbroken sequence.

Intermediate students learn partner drills (Push Hands) that develop sensitivity, balance, and a firm understanding of the principles and internal logic of Tai Chi. Students will also continue to develop and refine their solo form while learning to coordinate internal energy (Chi), breath, and intention (Yi) in their movements.

Advanced students may learn Tai Chi sword forms, advanced partner drills, practical defense applications, and "fast" Tai Chi, all of which will further refine their form and deepen their understanding of Tai Chi principles and philosophy.

Benefits
Often described as a moving mediation, Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) exercises the whole person, integrating body with mind and spirit. Tai Chi consists of a series of natural, rhythmic, and circular movements that flow with the smooth, slow, steady power of a big river pouring into the sea.


This ancient Chinese practice gently but thoroughly exercises the whole body and nervous system with no jarring impact or over-exertion. Thus, it is suitable for people of all ages and millions of people regularly practice Tai Chi, not just in China, but also all over the world.

Some of Tai Chi's benefits are almost immediate, such as improved flexibility, balance, and circulation. Increased body awareness, coordination, and tranquility of spirit soon follow. With longer practice, Tai Chi creates a dynamic relaxation that invigorates your whole life. Continual Tai Chi practice leads to abundant energy, renewed vitality, and profound sense of well-being.

 

 

 

Details:
· Beginners welcome
· Start any time
· Adult classes 14+ years old
· Please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing
· Please, no street shoes on the mat

Tuition:
$90 per month or $15 per class
(Cash or check only please)

· Private lessons are available by appointment only at the cost of $65 per hour. An additional family member may attend for $10 more. (Please e-mail or text for additional information)

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