About Tai Chi

Taichi, the ancient Chinese martial art, involves graceful, meditative, light, and natural movements which relaxes and stimulates every part of the body. “Taichi Chuan” can be interpreted as “Supreme Ultimate fist”, “Great life force”, “Cotton fist”, or “Soft continuous fist”. Each of these interpretations captures various nuances of the name given to this ancient art form.  This moving meditation is set in motion by the constant interplay of two vital energies: Yin – the passive principle – and Yang – the active principle. Taichi is especially valuable for its ability to strengthen and improve one’s health.

With a history that can be traced to 5000 years ago, Taichi is an integral part of China’s traditional cultural heritage. Its origin dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Tai Chi, the highest form of martial arts, is a combination of physical exercise, breathing techniques and meditation. Its slow, relaxed and flowing movements of opening and closing forms, advance and retreat, attack and defence, channelises energy and the body’s natural movements to attain a high degree of fitness, both mental and physical.

When you incorporate Tai Chi into your lifestyle, it exercises your body, cultivates your personality and refreshes your mind. Originally developed as martial art, Tai Chi looks like a slow graceful dance, but behind the deceptively simple movements is a wealth of Philosophy, Medicine and Science. Tai Chi is about balance and harmony.

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Grand Master Fu Sheng Yuan Sifu George Thomas