Tai Chi, also known as TaiJi, was never meant to be a simple set of movements solely (Tai Chi Quan) to give health benefits. While Tai Chi does give incredible health benefits, it is also an internal martial art, capable of transforming your body, mind and also self-defense capability. It is suited for people of any age, gender or body form.
Tai Chi is a comprehensive study, characterized by the interaction of the energies of Yin and Yang. Its creation brought together an understanding of the laws of the human body with those of nature- alternating force and flexibility with swiftness and slowness.
As force and flexibility are compatible within, Tai Chi can be used to defend, attack and strengthen the body, as well as prevent and help cure illness.
The basic moves
The basic actions of Tai Chi are tightening, quivering, stroking, squeezing, elbowing, shoving, advancing, receding, considering, waiting and stillness.
Every act is slow and relaxing. In Tai Chi drill, one should straighten the back and waist, draw in the jaw and droop the shoulder, with a feeling of flying across the clouds.
Learning TaiJi Quan
Follow your thought and keep calm. Maintain a natural breath. You are required to fix attention and rest your thought, concentrate on action; move and breathe smoothly and never try to block your breath. Sit straight and move slowly and softly. You should keep a relaxed and natural posture; do not lean askew.
Every act is fluent and smooth, like wind flying, water flowing. A round and complete radiance in every act; you are demanded to make acts move as arc or spiral, one after another without block. Your waist stays as an axis, with which the whole body is oriented on. Act fluently and coherently, weakness and force in company.
Your acts are to be closely connected, weakness and force distinguished, while center of power always remaining stable. Be agile and smoothly act with softness and power mutually corresponded. Every act is required to be light and stable, but not buoyant or stark. Acts are soft but powerful within, full of flexibility. Strength is exerted, but done so in consciousness and without any sense of clumsiness.