Each day, millions of men and women worldwide practice the Chinese martial art TaiJi Quan, which has been known for centuries to promote deep relaxation, excellent health and to prevent injuries and illness. This gentle moving meditation teaches you to find balance between strength and flexibility, increases bone density, while involving all of the various soft tissues in your body: muscles, tendons, ligaments, fasciae and skin. TaiJi practice improves the circulation of blood and Qi (bio-energy), which enhances the body's natural healing capabilities.

Taiji (Tai Chi) is a sequence of postures connected by flowing movement, practiced with focused breathing and a calm mind - a type of moving meditation. The slow, smooth movements gently stimulate the internal organs and joints. Taiji is a gentle, low-impact exercise suitable for adults of any age and varying physical ability. Practicing Taiji can develop your balance and stability, correct body aligment, increase energy, reduce stress and as a result you have a calm mind. Ease symptoms of asthma, high blood pressure, back pain and arthritis.

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What is the meaning of TaiJi (Tai Chi)?

TaiJi is generated from Wuji, and it is a pivotal function of movement and stillness. It is the mother of Yin and Yang. When it moves it divides. At rest it reunites. From this, it is know that Taiji is not Wuji, and it is also not Yin and Yang. Instead an inclination of the natural pivotal function which makes the Wuji (no Opposition) derive into Yin and Yang also makes the Yin and Yang reunite into the state of Wuji. This natural pivotal function of movement and stillness is called the Dao or the rule of great nature.

Taiji can be translated as Grand Ultimate and Wuji is translated as Without Ultimate. Wuji can also mean ‘No Opposition’. For example, at the beginning of the universe, there was no differentiation and this state was called Wuji. Then it began its seperation into complimentary opposites, called Yin and Yang. From the interaction of Yin and Yang, all things are created and grow. The theory of Taiji originated from the Yi Jing (The Book of Changes) and has been studied and practiced for more than 4000 years in China

Wuji - Tai Ji - Yin Yang

Wuji                                    Tai Ji                                     Yin Yang

Many stories tell of the origin of TaiJi Quan (Tai Chi Chuan), but the most popular legend is that of Zhang, San-Feng, a Daoist immortal and Shaolin martial artist. Zhang is described as an eccentric hermit with extraordinary powers, who died once and was reborn, and whose life spanned a period of at least 300 years, though no one is sure exactly when he lived. According to the legend Zhang, a monk of the Wudang monastery, created TaiJi Quan after witnessing a battle between a crane and a snake. Wudang Shan refers to a region in China which includes seventy-two different mountains.

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TAI JI (Sequence) (太極拳套)

There are plenty forms and sequences of TaiJi Quan. I have learned the 113 (or 108) Yang style in YMAA. This form is originated from Yang, Ban-Hou (楊班候). Master Liang, Shou_Yu (梁守愉) introduced the Chen-style TaiJi Quan to YMAA. Grandmaster Gu, Liu-Xing (顧留馨) was the teacher of Master Liang Shou-Yu.

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The information on this page comes from the book of Dr. Yang Jwing Ming “Taijiquan Theory” Back to top