CLARIFYING THE HIDDEN DEPTHS OF TAI CHI CHUAN
Just what Tai Chi is has become controversial. Many perceive it these days as just a health exercise. At the other extreme some assert it is martial art pure and simple, and any other claims are embellishment. Still others mix and match it with other systems, and ‘New Age’ pseudo-spiritual versions of it abound.
On this website we aim to explore the richness and depth of the authentic art. The depth comes from the fact that it did start out as, and still is, a Chinese martial art. However, even during its conception as a martial art, T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Chinese: 太極拳 or pinyin: Taijiquan) derived its principles from ancient Chinese health systems, and its strategy and underlying philosophy from Chinese spiritual systems.
The main aim of this website is to help inform interested people of what the authentic art involves – its depth – and the traditional training approach (as taught by official Yang family tai chi disciples to the author) that leads to this depth. Thus it is hoped that the site, in its own humble way, will contribute to keeping alive a repository of knowledge of what the real art is, before it dies out.
People who come to Tai Chi are looking for a variety of things - some want the martial side, others the health, and many the spiritual – or a combination - to enhance their lifestyles.
So our position is that it is useful to think of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Tai Chi) as a set of principles that enable one to harness the body’s natural, internal energy (Qi) to invigorate and strengthen oneself from within for:
- spiritual ends.
Tai chi is much more than just beautiful movements. There is a huge difference between ‘popular’, superficial versions of the system and the authentic art. Join us in an exploration of Tai Chi as a complete art. This exploration may reveal to you what might be missing in your classes.