WHAT IS TAI CHI OR TAIJI?
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WHO WAS IT CREATED BY AND WHY!
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Tai Chi was developed by Chen Wangting nearly four centuries ago it is one of the oldest forms of martial arts.
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The word Taiji is Mandarin and the word Tai Chi is Cantonese.
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Tai Chi contains stillness exercises, meditation, tai chi stance training, moving exercises called forms. the equal emphasis on external and internal energy control. Mental awareness is combined with body movements. You are consciously mindful on all aspects of your movement, directing your body to move through forms.
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During your practice, keep quiet, calm, relaxed and follow the principle, when one part moves, the whole body moves, when one part is motionless, the whole body is still.
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As it is an internal martial art it requires (neijin) internal energy. Other elements essential for training include attention, determination, strength, relaxation, intention and focus. All are trained and the movement in tai chi helps to preserve good health. Making movements efficient and cultivates Chi.
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For those of you who know very little about TAI CHI CHUAN it may seem like the practitioner is doing a very slow dance or moving in a meditative fashion. It is important to note that this slow movement is a training method and also a form of muscle memory to be able to move fast you must first be able to do each movement slowly and with precision.
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For combat Tai Chi is the “par excellence of all the martial arts”. Slowness trains the correct body structure and having a relaxed loose body and mind trains elasticity. To cultivate speed and strength you need softness and pliancy.
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The movements in Tai Chi Chuan help to open the meridians throughout the body to maintain the free flow of qi or chi energy that flows through everyone. At its heart there are three inseparable facets and these are: movement, breathing and intention. We seek to unify internal and external strength “if one part moves, every part moves and if one part stops, the whole body stops”.
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Tai Chi and Qigong can be practised by anyone regardless of age, my teacher master Wang Hai Jun started at the age of 7 training in the Chen village with his master Chen Zhenglei who is recognised as one of the four Buddha warriors of China. My teacher is a 29 times gold medal winner in all categories of tai chi, including form, weapons and push hands. He was the undisputed push hands champion 4 years running in China and is one of the greatest living masters of our time who continues to train numerous gold medal winners.
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Tai Chi and Qigong is essential for optimum health and vitality, with continued practise it helps to open the joints, helping with correct posture alignment it quietens the mind and increases energy levels throughout it can be a spiritual practise and used in a meditive way and eventually it is an explosive and dynamic original martial art. It will help in every aspect in the body including kidney function this helps to regulate the blood and the blood is the home of Chi energy.
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On a spiritual level Tai Chi and Qigong will raise the vibrational level of your blood, energy and organs and with this higher level of energy and vibration illness is unable to exist in the physical body, the Chinese use tai chi for prolonging life and have done extremely well in attaining longevity through continued practise. In the west we need this to counteract our busy lives to maintain our body, mind and spirit.
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Grand Master Chen Zhenglei with his student Master Wang Hai jun Pushing hands…
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