太 极 Tai Chi Kung Fu

Tai Chi

陈氏太极拳老架一路, 柔多刚少,以棚捋挤按四正劲的运用为主,以采捩肘靠四隅手的运用为辅;用力方法以缠丝劲为主,发劲为辅;动作力求柔顺,以化劲为基础,用柔迎刚和化刚,在外形上具有缓、柔、稳的特色。

This style is incorporated into the curriculm to teach soft energy, and to instill feng song (relaxation).

Tai Chi Quan literal translation, Grand Ultimate Fist, frequently referred to as Shadow Boxing, is without doubt the most popular of all internal styles in the West. Many forms of Tai Chi, in having diluted its martial aspects, has lost its original essence over the generations. Chen Tai Chi, however, has seen the least amount of change as a martial art. Also the public is familiar with the slow and gentle Taijiquan forms suited for the elderly practitioners of the art, Chen Tai Chi, until very recently, has been perhaps the least known of the major Tai Chi styles in the West; and, with its intense focus, release of power, and stomping, is scarcely recognized as Tai Chi.

Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), today, is primarily practiced as a moving meditation by many practitioners in the West as well as in China. Many people, practitioners and non-practitioners alike, are unaware that Tai Chi is not only a valuable health exercise, but that the original intent of the creator of this exercise was to develop a complete martial arts system. The practitioners' is usually unaware of the actuality that Taijiquan is an effective health exercise as well as an in-depth internal martial.

Tai Chi in our opinion should be practiced as a fighting form, emphasizing strength, balance, flexibility, speed, and the use of the mind as opposed to unnecessary or brute force. We focus on the martial aspects of Tai Chi, looking how to use the martial concepts, not just the health benefits that the style provides. Chen Tai Chi still offers one of the most complete systems of qigong, or internal training for health promotion and martial arts. It facilitates efficient breathing to increase oxygen uptake, reduces blood pressure, slows the decline in cardiovascular power, increases bone density and joint strength and range of motion, promotes greater body strength and flexibility, reduces mental and physical stress and improves body alignment and awareness as part of its martial arts health training.

History

Extant records however, clearly trace the history of modern Taijiquan to the Chen family village (Chenjiagou, literal translation, "Chen Family ditch, gully, ravine") of Henan province in central China. The history of Chen Style Taijiquan can be traced even further back to back to the legendary founder Chen Bu (1368? - ????), a scholar and martial artist originally from Shanxi. He trained the village in a style that predated Taijiquan, which allowed Chenjiagou to bring peace to the region. The Chen family immigrated to Henan province in 1374.

The art of Taijiquan is divided into five main branches/styles...

  • Chen style, based on "silk reeling energy" and known for using many fast movements and obvious power
  • Yang style, created by Yang Luchan, characterized by slow, flowing movements, and well-known in the West
  • Wu (Jianquan) style, based on small frame Yang style
  • Wu (Yuxiang) style, often called "scholar's style" which uses small, compact movements
  • Sun style, which combines Xingyi and Bagua movements using the Taijiquan frame

According to Chinese cosmology, Tai Chi refers to the state of the universe from which Heaven and Earth, Yin and Yang are born. A classic poem of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) states that Tai Chi is infinity. It is created from no limit. It involves dynamic and static movements, the mother of yin and yang. In movement, it separates; in stillness, it combines.

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