WHAT IS TAIJI QUAN?
Tai ji Quan (Tai Chi, or Tai Qi) is a system of exercise well known for its relaxing and meditative qualities, and is often referred to as “moving meditation.” Emphasizing deliberate and flowing movements, Tai ji is perhaps one of the best methods to exercise mind, body, and spirit simultaneously.
Tai ji as a Martial Art:
While an excellent fitness regimen, it is often overlooked that Tai ji is actually a long-practiced form of self-defense as well. With a history rooted in Daoist philosophy, Tai ji fighting principles focus on maintaining a calm mind and body during conflict in order to use as little energy as possible to overtake an opponent. Because of this, Tai qi is often classified as an ‘internal’ or ‘soft’ martial art style; but don’t be fooled- this ‘soft’ style can be just as effective in a self-defense situation as any alternative external, or, ‘hard’ style. .
Tai ji for Health:
Still, probably the most celebrated aspect of Tai ji is its notable health benefits. Regular Tai ji exercise results in a more balanced life and overall sense of well-being. On a physical level, the gentle turning, twisting, and stretching motions help to increase blood circulation, resulting in a clearer mind and a more energetic body. Practiced daily, Tai ji has been observed to increase flexibility, balance, muscle tone, and to prevent or decrease joint pain. The mindfulness of Tai ji movements coupled with conscious and deep breathing can help to improve self-awareness and mental focus. Tai ji is an exercise for all ages and fitness levels, as each student is able to progress at his or her own individual pace.
What you will learn:
At the Academy, we teach a balance between the internal and the external of Tai ji: the mental focus and fluidity, as well as the practical applications found within the movements. Training in Tai ji involves three main areas: deep breathing exercises, called Qi gong; forms, or Tao lu, and a type of sparring, known as Tui shou (push hands).
In class, students study several Qi Gong sets and both Yang and Chen Tai ji forms. Once a student has a foundation in the basics, he or she will then study the Tai ji weapons, such as broadsword and straight sword. Push hands practice help students gain acute awareness of an opponent’s movements and the appropriate responses. In addition, practical applications classes are held every week to give students practice using their Tai qi skills in real-life self-defense scenarios.
Curriculum at a Glance:
Yang style (24, 108)
Chen style (18, Old frame 1, 2)
Push Hands (Tui Shou)
Tai Qi Broadsword
Tai Qi Straight Sword
Tai Qi Staff
Tai Qi Spear
Tai Qi Fan
Competition training (optional)
Intensive Training Program:
Intensive training is for the very serious student who would like to learn Wushu, Tai ji, or both, on a full-time basis. Classes are held throughout the day, Monday through Friday. All experience levels welcome.
Students will be tested prior to starting the program and placed in the appropriate level. After this, students will have a private consult with Shifu to determine personal goals for his or her training. Please call or send an email if interested in this program