Taiji styles are named after the family that made them popular. The most common styles are: Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun, and Wudang. Each style has its own characteristic movements, and each style also has numerous different solo taiji routines. These solo taiji routines are the aspect of taiji that is most often seen in public, thus the common misconception that such a form is the whole of taiji practice. In reality taiji practice includes solo forms, partner drills, sensitivity exercises, self-defense applications, weapons training (i.e. sword and spear), secret qigong exercises, secret neigong (“inner skill”) teachings, and meditational development.
Traditionally, taiji has been taught in it’s entirety only to a select few disciples. For centuries, in an uncertain political climate, this practice made sense. It is our belief that times have changed, and that the current global society is in need of much of what taiji has to offer. Yet, despite the growing popularity of taiji, very little of the most beneficial aspects of taiji are available to the public. At the very least, the repetition of a taiji form is a beneficial form of mind-body exercise. At its very best, taiji is a method of training one’s entire being to harmonize and unify with the environment in which it is immersed. We believe that the time has come to offer the full spectrum of taiji in a simple & straightforward manner, training those who attend our courses in the heights as well as the depths of taijiquan. Graduates of our programs will know taiji as essentially a living, breathing, practice.
Imagine moving from step to step with the flowing grace of water: the gentle yielding of a meadow stream, the power of a river in full flood, and the unfathomable depths of the ocean. The movements in taiji are designed to strengthen the body as a whole, and to develop flexibility while maintaining a solid root.
Taiji has proven to have many health benefits, here are quite a few of them. This is a nice list.
Taiji is a system of internal gongfu that uses soft flowing movements to facilitate joint integration and the cultivation of energy. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg…