Taijiquan

By Master George Lawrence

Taijiquan (TAI JEE CHWAN), or Tai Chi Chuan, is one of the three major internal arts of China, the other two being Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. Tai Chi, like all internal arts, progresses from the inside outward. It seeks to regulate the mind, will, breath, and qi (CH'I) in order to let the body follow. Three women practicing Taijiquan.

Internal martial arts recognize discipline as coming from within. The teacher of internal martial arts is a guide setting you on the path, but you must discover the way within yourself. Success comes from commitment to personal practice beyond class attendance.

Tai Chi Chuan roughly translates as "Supreme Ultimate Boxing." It seeks harmony with life, with others, and with the Universe ("Supreme Ultimate"). The art is often called moving meditation because instead of thinking about many things, you concentrate on only what you are doing at that particular moment. Tai Chi is performed slowly to enable the practitioner to be aware of each movement. It is performed with continuous, seamless movement, and with circular, never-ending energy in order to open all the joints and allow qi to flow freely and uniformly. The key elements of Tai Chi are a clear mind and a relaxed body. The health benefits of Tai Chi include lower blood pressure, improved balance, and mental clarity. Tai Chi is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. It is a non-competitive activity. We only strive to improve ourselves and our own practice. 

Two pairs of students practice partner work.We teach and practice a complete curriculum of Tai Chi. Beginning students learn the 24-Movement Yang Short Form. Following that comes the Yang Long Form, the 48-Movement Combined Tai Chi Form, Tai Chi sword, Tai Chi saber, Tai Chi staff, partner practice, and application of the movements from the forms. Our Tai Chi descends from Master Liang Jiebing, who learned throughout childhood and youth, culminating with training at the government training center in Guandong, China, in the early 1960s.