“Tai Chi Chuan strengthens the weak, raises the sick, invigorates the debilitated, and encourages the timid"
Tai Chi Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing
Tai Chi Chuan, (also written "Taiji" or "Taijiquan") or simply Tai Chi, originated in China around the 13th century A.D. as a synthesis of martial arts exercise and sitting meditation.
Tai Chi, is a slow graceful exercise, and is a form of energy cultivation (Qigong.) Tai Chi is based on the perspective that mind and body are not separate; rather, they are different expressions of Qi energy or life force.
Tai Chi, which is based in self defense movements, evolved as a physical activity for integrating mind, body and spirit to function in harmony with the external world. Tai Chi (which means "Supreme Ultimate") cultivates the Middle Way, a peaceful path, rather than cultivating brute force, which inevitably becomes depleted.
Tai Chi Classes
Tai Chi is a safe, gentle, non-impact exercise that promotes health and inner tranquility. Tai Chi helps reduce stress, lower blood pressure and enhance immune function. It builds strength & endurance, and improves balance, coordination & flexibility. The May 2009 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch reports that a twice-weekly practice of Tai Chi can help treat or prevent many age-related health problems.
The Tai Chi Fundamentals
Learn the essential elements of tai chi - alignment, grounding, and core movement.
The Tai Chi Fundamentals Program offers a clear system for mastering the basics of tai chi, while retaining the integrity of traditional Yang Style Tai Chi.
Yang Short Form
Learn the Cheng Man Ch’ing lineage Yang Style short form.
Commitment & Perseverance
Tai Chi has many benefits that result from a daily practice. Tai Chi is a lifestyle requiring a commitment to change with a minimum amount of time. A 20-minute daily routine is all it takes!