TAI CHI (TAIJI QUAN)
Shaolin Kung Fu Guan

Tai Chi, or Taijiquan in Chinese, is an outstanding gem of traditional Chinese culture that is valuable in promoting health, developing combat and self-defence skills, and improving concentration and overall well-being. Although it is a branch of the Chinese martial arts (Wushu), it has also been practiced for general health and fitness purposes since the 16th Century. Health benefits are derived from Tai Chi's slow, gentle and tranquil movements which enable harmony in mind and body, improved mobility, suppleness and mental alertness. T'ai Chi training involves learning solo Bare Hand and Weapons routines, two person routines and Tui Shou推手 (pushing hands), Qi Gong as well as Qin Na (Joint Locking) and martial applications. It is known as and sometimes spelled Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan in the West. Taijiquan means supreme ultimate fist. Tai means Supreme, Ji means Ultimate, Quan (Chuan) means Fist. Anyone regardless of age or level of fitness can practice and benefit from Tai Chi.

Benefits

Tai Chi provides people with benefits that help all aspects of the body. It helps balance the mind, body and spirit. The benefits of Tai Chi are well recognized by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) who are frequently Tai Chi instructors themselves and recommend the art as the physiotherapy of TCM. There have been numerous scientific studies done on Tai Chi and its effects on health and is widely reconised as a form of health improvement. The learning and regular practice of Tai Chi can help:

  • Stimulate the mind, improving concentration, focus and co-ordination,
  • Increase levels of fitness and muscle tone,
  • Keep the joints flexible,
  • Stimulate the circulation of the blood,
  • Improve the function of the internal organs,
  • Enhance the function of the central nervous system,
  • Promote a general sense of well-being.