Tag: Tai Chi Ch’uan

The Chi in Tai Chi Ch’uan is not Qi

Tai Chi Philosophy Crash Course: Knowing the philosophy and history behind the art of Tai Chi is essential for developing a deep practice.  There is common misconception that the name Tai Chi (taiji) is referring to the same subject as the word Qi (Chi).  The first part of the art name Tai Chi Ch’uan, “Tai… Read more »

Thirteen Postures of Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan is sometimes referred to as Thirteen postures or “Thirteen patterns”, these patterns include “Eight Jin Patterns,” also called the “Eight Doors” and five foot work patterns referred to as the “Five Strategic Stepping patterns”. According to the Tai Chi Chuan classics the eight Jin patterns are related to the eight trigrams (BaGua)… Read more »

History of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan

How does Qi Gong differ from Tai Chi

The Yang family first became involved in the study of tai chi chuan in the early 1800s. The founder of the Yang style tai chi was Yang Lu-ch’an, aka Yang Fu-k’ui (1799-1872), who studied under Ch’en Chang-hsing starting in 1820. Yang became a teacher in his own right, and his subsequent expression of tai chi… Read more »

Benefits of Tai Chi

Benefits of tai chi

Those who teach Tai chi movements are always talking about the benefits of tai chi to the consumer public. These benefits include increased health, wellness, balance, strength, peace of mind, self-defense, etc. All of these perceived benefits of tai chi can greatly enhance a person’s ability to live a better quality and longer life. These… Read more »