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Authentic Chen Style Tai-Chi

Chen Style Taijiquan

Taijiquan - (Commonly called tai chi) was conceived by Chinese general Chen Wangting, who developed it originally as a grappling art for close-quarters combat. While today most Western schools emphasize the long-term, low-impact aerobic fitness benefits of Yang-style tai chi, authentic Chen Taiji offers rich health benefits and a potent form of defense. Chen Taiji consists of harmonious movements of varying speeds, ideal for both stress relief and self defense. It employs laws of physics and principles of circular movement to deflect, absorb and redirect opposing forces. The greater the strength exerted against you, the more force available to counter it. Individuals seeking a challenging workout that includes both low- and high-impact and meditative elements need to look no further then Chen Taiji. In addition to being a powerful martial art form, tai chi is an ideal fitness program for people of any age or health condition. Chen Taiji's lowered stances and harmonious forms punctuated by explosive movement improve strength and conditioning and aid in weight loss, while meditative breathing helps to strengthen the mind-body connection.

About Chen Taijiquan (Tai-Chi)
According to available records and extensive research, Chen Taiji is the original form of Taijiquan. It was once quite rare, but is increasing in popularity. Other versions of Taiji, such as Yang and one of the Wu versions, were derived from the Chen family boxing, which later came to be known as Taijiquan. Created in the late Ming dynasty (1600s)by the respected general, Chen Wangting, (based on Chinese medicinal theories and on boxing methods identified by the famous general, Qi Jiguang), Chen boxing features a balance of fast and slow and hard and soft movements that are extremely health building and excellent for self-defense. Chen Taiji is known for its use of "coiling" or "twining" energy - the Chen Wangting innovation known as "silk reeling energy" or chan szu jin - which is based on moving with an internal torsion quality that breeds enormous power through relaxed, precisely aligned technique.

Philosophy

Though it was originally created for combat, most people practice Tai Chi as a way to improve their health, calm their mind, and better their lives. Tai Chi theory is based on the notion that all things have a way of balancing themselves through the laws of yin and yang. Yin and yang are opposites, and the concept can be expressed as a recognition that nothing exists without it's opposite-up-down, left-right, front-back, hard-soft, fast-slow. Thus Tai Chi is a system of movement that physically embodies the opposition of yin and yang.