Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)
Commonly called Taiji (Tai Chi), Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) translates to ”grand ultimate fist.” It is an internal martial arts style—studying through cultivation and manipulation of Qi (body’s energy). Cultivation of Qi is achieved by slow, flowing movements that strengthen internal organs as well as the musculoskeletal system. Manipulation of Qi is utilized in combat through yielding and redirecting the opponent’s energy.
Taiji (Tai Chi) is also moving meditation, promoting awareness through emphasis on posture and flowing movement. It is excellent for people of all ages and can be tailored to an individual’s physical-athletic abilities and aspirations.
Taiji (Tai Chi) training focuses on isometric exercises (slow burning from static or relatively static postures) utilizing the body’s own weight through slow, smooth movements to strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments as well as increase their flexibility. There are few rivals to Taiji (Tai Chi) when it comes to strengthening the lower body and increasing general physical fitness without taxing stress to the body and risking injuries associated with other forms of martial arts or exercise.
Taiji One Approach
Sun & Moon Taiji One teaches the two apparently contrasting styles of Taiji (Tai Chi): the restorative and smooth Yang style and the martial and dynamic Chen style. The Taiji One approach is unique: an integration of our experience in Tae Kwon Do (TKD), Kung Fu, and Yoga into traditional Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) training with hands-on instruction.
Taiji (Tai Chi) training includes practice of basics, forms, weapons, applications, and push-hands. We promote performing and competing for self-growth as well as to share with friends, family, and general audience. Check out our Media Gallery for videos. We are excited to teach and share our passion for Taiji (Tai Chi) with fellow students of Grandmaster Coles and a newbie to martial arts alike. We look forward to seeing you in Taiji (Tai Chi) class at CMAA!
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