Tai Chi Chuan

The term Tai Chi Chuan (aka T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Taijiquan) translates as "supreme ultimate fist". Tai Chi is classified as an internal system along with Ba Gua and Hsing-I. These internal arts emphasize the cultivation of Qi (a.k.a. Chi, Ki, life energy, etc.) for use in combat rather than external muscular force. Thousands of Chinese and a growing number of Westerners practice internal arts (especially Tai Chi) for health and longevity.

Tai Chi Chuan is best known as one of the slow motion routines that groups of people practice every morning in hundreds of parks across China and, increasingly, other parts of the world. Tai Chi Chuan is practiced in choreographed movements which can take from a few minutes to thirty minutes to complete.

Through the diligent practice of Tai Chi we can achieve harmony and balance between and within ourselves, and our environment. As with most things in life, you will get out of Tai Chi Chuan what you put in to it and the ideal is to make it your life path and guiding principle.