Taiji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan)

    Taiji Quan (aka: Tai Chi Chuan) translates as the "Supreme Ultimate
    Fist or The Grand Ultimate Fist" and is one of the most sophisticated
    Chinese Martial Arts, according to Grandmaster William C.C. Chen.  
    Grandmaster Chen states in Body Mechanics 1973, that "Originally Tai
    Chi Chuan was vigorous as well as gentle, containing rigid-soft and
    rapid-slow movements, with total body coordination and great mental
    control.  During actual fighting, a master of Tai Chi Chuan could make
    his body as soft as cotton, but at the instant of delivering a punch,
    suddenly become as hard as steel.  One moment he was as motionless
    as a mountain, the next as swift as ocean tides.  Achieving such
    unpredictable, alternate changes of dynamics can lead to the highest
    level of martial tactics, whether in competitions among masters or for
    self-defense against muggers and similar street attackers."  

    Taiji Quan is a Qigong set.  It was actually designed to be an advanced
    Qigong set with many applications.  For more information on Qigong
    click the Qigong tab to the left.  

    What are some of the Benefits?

    According to Grandmaster Chen in Body Mechanics: "...The slow and
    even movements of Tai Chi Chuan tend to relax the body and mind,
    promoting the flow of vital energy (Qi) and replacing stiffness with
    flexibility and good body coordination.  This helps fighters to effectively
    reach the highest level in the art of self-defense.  Practiced daily and
    properly as an exercise, it promotes one's mental tranquility, improves
    physical fitness, increases blood circulation to its fullest capacity, and
    provides the tissues of the various organs with the maximum amount of
    oxygen.  It also prevents or even cures certain forms of sickness, such
    as arthritis, rheumatism and hypertension."  

    Grandmaster Cheng Man Ching in Tai-Chi, The Supreme Ultimate
    Exercise for Health, Sport and Self Defense states: "...The I Ching says:
    `Nature is always in motion.  Man also should strengthen himself without
    interruption.`  ...The Chinese have a saying that whoever practices Tai-
    chi, correctly and regularly, twice a day over a period of time will gain the
    pliability of a child, the health of a lumberjack, and the peace of mind of
    a sage.  ...Tai Chi can indeed do all, and more....Stressing slow
    respiration and balanced, relaxed postures, it certainly promotes deep
    breathing, digestion, the functioning of the internal organs, and blood
    circulation.  And perhaps there is also basis for the claim that Tai-chi
    can relieve, if not actually cure, neurasthenia, high blood pressure,
    anemia, tuberculosis and many other maladies."


    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!  From experience instructing students ranging
    in age from 4-103 years old it is MUCH...MUCH....MORE!!!!  In fact, the
    self defense aspect of Tai Chi is only one aspect....Tai Chi truly is a
    training or exercise for 4 human levels: physical, mental, emotional and
    spiritual.  Tai Chi can be as surface and mundane or as deep and
    profound as you the student want it to be.  It is not uncommon to hear
    among Masters who have studied for 50+ years that they still consider
    themselves beginners.  

    We at the Institute have achieved great results with youth, adults
    and seniors!

    We have seen Seniors progress from wheelchairs to walkers, walkers
    to canes, canes to independent & independent to superb abilities.  
    In our senior classes, the average standing time assisted with walker
    or independent on day one of a program was 5 minutes!

    The average after 1 year is 45 minutes standing with or without
    movement.  Yes often the seniors, with an average age of 85, are now
    able to stand and exercise for 45 minutes without taking a break!!!!  
    How many adults or kids without this training can do that!!!

    Taiji Quan styles offered

    We currently offer Yang Style, in particular, the Cheng Man-ch'ing Short

    Lineage is Everything!

    Lineage is what separates the cream from the crop, in the old days it
    was the only way to determine if your teacher was worthy to teach.  
    attending a workshop or reading a book does not qualify you to teach...
    Note: any worthy teacher will have their lineage on display or available
    upon request....ASK for this information before taking any class or
    workshop, then verify the information as accurate!

    The Institutes: Taiji Quan Lineage

    short list, full list goes back to the 1200's & earlier!
Yang Ch'eng-fu's
10 Important Points for
Tai Chi Chuan
in Tai-chi
Touchstones: Yang Family Secret
Transmissions 1983 by Douglas Wile

  1. The Energy at the
    Top of the Head
    Should be Light and
  2. Sink the Chest and
    Raise the Back
  3. Relax the Waist
  4. Distinguish Full &
  5. Sink the Shoulders
    and Drop the Elbows
  6. Use the Mind and not
  7. Unity of the Upper
    and Lower Body
  8. The Unity of Internal
    and External
  9. Continuity Without
  10. Seek Stillness in
Chang San Feng
Yang Lu Chan
Yang Cheng Fu
William C.C. Chen
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