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Taichi

When you see or read about Taichi or T'ai Chi or Taiji or Tai Chi Chuan or Taiji Quan please understand that they are all different English representations of an ancient Chinese Martial Art Form called Tai Chi Chuan - As direct translation to English is not possible without loosing the actual meaning, "Tai" could simply be interpreted as Supreme Ultimate or Grand Ultimate, "Chi" as Energy or Life Force and "Chuan" as Fist or Boxing in short meaning "Supreme/Grand Ultimate Fist/Boxing".

Chinese philosophy and medicine are based on the concept of "Chi", a vital force that gives life to the body. Tai Chi boosts the circulation of this "Chi" within the body and thus enhances the practitioner's health and vitality. In Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, Acupressure and other "Chi" Based Healing Arts  the concept of restoration and maintenance of the of the circulation of Chi in the body is done by different techniques as defined by their respective disciplines but all are based on the pattern of circulation of chi which is similar to the nervous system of the body.

Lets try to nullify some common misconceptions of common people
People believe that ... Yin-Yang Logo
  • Taichi is a dance form.
  • It is meant for only old people.
  • It is meant for people suffering from serious illness.
  • It is not an effective Martial Art as it looks slow and does not exhibit external power or have fancy kicks and blocks as seen in external Martial Arts.
  • Taichi can be self-taught from videos and books.
To refute the above...

          Tai chi chuan - more often referred to as Tai Chi is an internal Martial Art system which was developed in China and has been practiced for thousands of years. This discipline that grew out of Taoism and Buddhism, consists of a ritualized series of slow, controlled movements (known as forms) which were derived from other external martial arts, these movements helped restore the normal flow of the body's energy, or Chi. There are a number of forms in Taichi which consist of a sequence of movements. Most of these movements are originally derived from the martial arts and, from the natural movements of animals and birds) with a difference that the way they are performed in Tai Chi is slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and uniform transitions between them. It is seeing these slow and highly controlled movements that people get fooled into believing it is a dance form.

Tai Chi is practiced all over the world by different people of all ages for many different reasons

  1. Sick people practice it for its Therapeutic Qualities.
  2. People in search of Spiritual Enlightenment practice it as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined
  3. Many practice it, as it is a very effective Martial Art Form.
  4. Martial Artists of Other Styles who follow the Hard School of Training combine Taichi to gain the additional benefits of this martial art which follows the Soft School of Training.
 
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