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Taijiquan, also known as tai chi. [Photo/VCG]

Taijiquan is a major division of Chinese martial art. Taijiquan means "supreme ultimate fist". Tai means "Supreme", Ji means "Ultimate", and Quan means "Fist".

There have been different sayings about the origin of Taijiquan. The traditional legend goes that the wise man Zhang Sanfeng of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) created Taijiquan after he had witnessed a fight between a sparrow and a snake; while most people agreed that the modern Taijiquan originated from Chen style Taijiquan, which first appeared during the 19th century in the Daoguang Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Taijiquan has its philosophical roots in Taoism and is considered as an internal martial art, utilizing the internal energy, or Qi, and following the simple principle of "subduing the vigorous by the soft". Taoism is the oldest philosophy of China which is represented by the famous symbol of the Yin and Yang which expresses the continuous flow of Qi in a circular motion that generates two opposite forces, plus and minus, which interact and balance with each others to bring existence to the physical and metaphysical world.

The most famous forms of Taijiquan practiced today are the Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu and Sun styles. All the five styles can be traced back to Chen style Taijiquan. According to historical records, Taijiquan was founded by Chen Wangting (1597-1664), who lived in Chen Village, today's Henan province in China. Based on the Chen style and created by Yang Luchan, a Hebei native of the Qing Dynasty, the Yang style is now the most popular style worldwide. The Woo Style is based on the Chen and Yang styles and created by Woo Yuxing.

The Sun style is derived from Chen and Woo styles and created by Sun Lutang. The Sun style is a combination of the more famous internal Chinese martial art forms of Ba Gua, Xing Yiand Tai Ji. The Wu style is based on Chen and Yang styles it was created by Wu Jianquan.

Nowadays, when most people talk about Taijiquan, they are usually referring to the Yang style, which has already spread throughout the world and is practiced by millions of people.

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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

While still in Toronto, before even having a thought about teaching English in China, I decided to take a summer course in Tai Chi, a class given by a Chinese Tai Chi master.  It was both physically and mentally beneficial. 

Later on, while taking an early Sunday morning stroll in a park near our home I came across a group of elderly Chinese people with a tape deck sounding out the music and commands, doing Tai Chi.  There are many Chinese people in Toronto, two Chinatowns - one old one downtown and a newer one in the north of the city.  I joined them, and they were very welcoming and nice to me.  I then joined them every Sunday morning for a while.  They taught me how to say hello in Chinese (nee how) and goodbye (sigh jeeyen) , so I was already on my way to being comfortable in China without even a thought of being there, which did happen a couple of years later. 

I have to say that I have not done Tai Chi now for many years, and don't remember a single step. 

Here are a couple photos I recently took in the parks near where we live now, of local people doing Tai Chi.

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Trout Giggles
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1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    2 months ago

I haven't exercised in years so I'm looking for something to help with flexibility. Does Tai Chi help with that?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1    2 months ago

Yes, it's like stretching in slow motion.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.1    2 months ago

That sounds like exactly what I need. I should try and find a class

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.2    2 months ago

those 12 oz. curls just aren't cutting it anymore, huh?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.1.3    2 months ago

Those only stretch my biceps...and they look fine for a 59 year old woman.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     2 months ago

Tai chi groups have been formed to help with Parkinson’s, one such group is here Stone Creek.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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3  evilgenius    2 months ago

I took a class once... 

 
 
 
devangelical
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4  devangelical    2 months ago

I only want to practice thai chi. a thai stick with a glass of iced tea...

 
 
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