Flowing River Martial Arts
Taiji (tai chi), short for Tai ji quan, or T'ai chi ch'üan (pinyin: tàijíquán; 太极拳), is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training, its health benefits and meditation.
The term taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves.
Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis.
Some training forms of tàijíquán are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.
The philosophy of tàijíquán is that, if one uses hardness to resist violent force, then both sides are certainly to be injured at least to some degree. Such injury, according to tàijíquán, is a natural consequence of meeting brute force with brute force.
Instead, students are taught not to directly fight or resist an incoming force, but to meet it in softness and follow its motion while remaining in physical contact until the incoming force of attack exhausts itself or can be safely redirected, meeting yang with yin.
When done correctly, this yin/yang or yang/yin balance in combat, or in a broader philosophical sense, is a primary goal of tàijíquán training.
Lao Tzŭ provided the archetype for this in the Tao Te Ching when he wrote, "The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and strong."
Tai Chi - 24 Form
Tai Chi Commencing Form Demos
Tai Chi Part the Hoerse's Mane Form Demos
Tai Chi White Crane Spreads Its Wings Form Demos
Tai Chi Brush Knee Push Form Demos