Famous for its leisurely, smooth actions, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), pronounced ‘Ty Jee Chwan’ in its original form features just as many fast methods as not. The name comes from the Yin yang diagram and it embodies the traditional Chinese theory of ‘polar opposites’ by displaying an equal balance of slow and quick actions; soft and hard force; low and high postures; empty and full forms; and static or dynamic skills. Concealed within are various grappling movements.
Five major schools formed in over four centuries of practice. The oldest, Chen Style Taijiquan or just ‘Chen family’, is known for its ‘silk reeling’ a technique for generating Fa Jin or ‘explosive strength’ through spiraling energy from the body’s Dan Tian, ‘elixir field’.
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Master Feng Zhi Qiang in Dang Tou Pao ‘Double head pound’
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Master Tyler J. Rowe with Chun Qiu Da Dao ‘Spring Autumn Big Blade’