Tai Chi Chuan is the embodiment of an ancient human philosophy. A rigorous course of self-discipline and self-exploration, through which we achieve a deeper understanding of our own mind and body, our relationships with others, and our role within the broader ecosystem.
Yang style is the world’s most popular version of Tai Chi. Its signature characteristics are its upright stance, large postures, and slow and fluid movement. Yang style was made famous by Chinese boxers Yang Luchan and Yang Chengfu (among others), who answered many challenges and won in competition against other styles of martial arts.
Yang Chengfu taught a sequence of movements, the “Tai Chi form,” most typically described as 103 postures. That same basic sequence is also described as having 85, 88, or 108 postures. This long form was later simplified and condensed into 24 postures.
All forms of Tai Chi draw inspiration from legendary figures of Chinese history. These figures include Lao Tzu–author of the Tao Te Ching–and Zhang Sanfeng. Although its origins are inseparable from ancient myth, the benefits of Tai Chi are tangible, relevant, and scientifically validated.
- Balance, flexibility, coordination and strength
- Increased circulation and decreased stress
- Sensitivity, awareness and patience
- Enhanced abilities for self-defense