Tai Chi Ch’uan, “The Grand Ultimate Fist”, is an approximately 1,000 year old martial art originating in China. Tai Chi Ch’uan was originally designed to improve the fighting skill of a martial artist. As Tai Chi evolved through the ages, students soon discovered the amazing health benefits of this unique practice. This extraordinarily mysterious martial art has been the envy of many martial artists throughout time. In the days of old, teachers of Tai Chi were often sought after by potential students, but difficult to find.
Tai Chi Ch’uan, here an now!
With millions of dedicated followers worldwide, Tai Chi is one of the most widely practiced martial art in the world today. We pack our classes with 2,000 years of history and tradition. Tai Chi’s history is both intriguing and complex and often times shrouded in mystery. Along with learning the origins and background, students start with the basic Tai Chi 24 form and Chi Kung training. With time, patience, practice, and more practice, students will notice that their balance, stability, focus, and relaxation have greatly improved!
Training in Tai Chi is just the beginning
After a strong foundation in Tai Chi, students continue their journey into studying the weapons of Tai Chi as well as the art of Pa Kua Chang; “8-Directional Palm”. As one of the three major internal martial arts, Pa Kua offers a very different approach to training in the internal arts. Its supple yet fluid movements are very conducive to developing a strong, flexible, and well balanced body.
As your training continues, you will be exposed to many more methods of internal training, breathing techniques, Chi Kung, and Nei Kung meditation exercises. The material is as intricate as it is fascinating, requiring you to focus and concentrate. Through this training we keep your mind and body actively involved together, helping to ensure that you will most definitely never get bored!
Chi Kung / Nei Kung, what’s the difference?
Simply put, Chi Kung is the practice of prescribed breathing techniques combined with body movement. Sometimes these body movements, or exercises, can be physically dynamic in nature, or fluid and soft in nature. The breathing as well can be dynamic or passive. This all depends on the practitioners focus or intent at the time.
Nei Kung is the practice of energy flow often times through body movement while using mental focus and intent. Many times the concentration is not on one’s breathing, but rather on the mental concentration and flow of energy (chi). Guiding the Chi through the body using static posturing, or combined with movement and mental concentration is the ultimate goal.
No physical requirements needed, just a willingness to learn and a desire to better your overall well-being. Come to class and we’ll do the rest!”