Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan, Taiji Quan) is an ancient Chinese martial art deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition, specifically in Taoist philosophy and the concept of Tai Chi as the unification of yin and yang.
Very different from the common idea that when the going gets tough, it’s time to get tougher, Taoist thinking suggests that there are alternatives to struggling when things gets tough and that while it is natural to get tense in tense situations, it’s always more effective to relax, find the flow, and go with it.
The concept of Tai Chi, represented by the Tai Chi symbol plays a central role in Chinese culture.
Tai Chi, which translates roughly as the grand unification, starts with the idea that everything has two inseparable, complimentary aspects: yin and yang, and that in the practice of everyday living, these aspects must be balanced and work together to achieve efficient functioning of any natural system.
As a martial art based on Taoist philosophy, the concept of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) can be contrasted with external martial arts based on techniques that depend primarily on speed and strength. Rather than trying to overcome force with greater force, our goal in TCC is to overcome incoming force with a minimum of effort by relaxing, listening, following, and responding in a way that uses the energy we are given to our advantage. In addition to improving our effectiveness in martial situations, learning how to avoid struggling by relaxing, listening, following, and responding in a way that goes with the flow has many immediate and long-term benefits for our individual psychological and physical health and well-being as well as for our relationships with our family and friends.
Our Family Tai Chi Chuan class is suitable for family members of all ages and also for individual children and adults. It is designed to help all participants achieve the health and everyday life benefits of TCC practice as well as learn the martial aspects of TCC that are valuable in self-defense situations. The amazing thing about Tai Chi Chuan practice is that while improving our health and teaching us self-defense, it also slowly changes how we live our lives, teaching us to struggle less and relax more. When a family practices together tangible changes in family dynamics are possible.
I (Peter) have been studying TCC since 1992, began practicing Wu style TCC in the Yin Chung Gong Fa system in 1994, and have been teaching Tai Chi since 1998. I am a lineage disciple of Master Zhang Yun and have written several articles on Tai Chi Chuan including: External Integrations in Taiji Quan and A Peace Lovers Guide to Taiji Jian. As a Ph.D. in Education and lifelong teacher, I take great joy in sharing what I have learned of this wonderful and deep tradition with anyone who is willing to practice.
$25 per class. Parents of enrolled children attend free.
$175 per 10 week session. Parents of enrolled children attend free.
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