What is Tai Chi Chuan?
Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan, Taiji Quan) is an ancient Chinese martial art deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition. More specifically, Tai Chi Chuan is rooted in Taoist philosophy and the concept of Tai Chi.
Taoist thinking is very different from the common idea that when the going gets tough, it’s time to get tougher. Instead this world-view suggests that we don’t have to struggle when things gets tough. Taoist philosophy suggests that while it’s natural to get tense in tense situations, it’s always more effective to relax
The concept of Tai Chi, represented by the symbol below (often mistakenly called a yin-yang symbol) plays a central role in Chinese culture.
Tai Chi translates roughly as the grand unification. It starts with the idea that everything has two inseparable, complimentary aspects: yin and yang. This idea also includes the concept that we must balance and integrate these aspects to achieve efficient functioning.
It’s useful to contrast the the big ideas of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) with external martial arts. Such external arts are based on techniques that depend primarily on speed and strength. Rather than trying to overcome force with force, our goal in TCC is to overcome force with a minimum of effort. We do this by relaxing, listening, following, and responding. This allows us to use the energy we are given to our advantage. In addition to improving our effectiveness in martial situations, learning these skills has many immediate and long-term benefits for our individual psychological and physical health and well-being. These skills can even help our relationships with our family and friends.
Tai Chi Classes
12-week Spring ’22 Class
This course meets at 25470 Marion Ridge Drive on Thursdays from 3:15PM-4:10PM starting February 10. The cost is $180.
This is an outdoor, in-person class for 5-14 year-olds. We require masks, check temperatures at the door and cap our classes at 10 students.
The course for adults 15 years old and older meets on Friday afternoons at The Fort, Suite 1 in Idyllwild.
This is on-going, indoor, in-person class that you can join at any time (homeschoolers see above). We require masks.
Our Shifu (Teacher)
I (Peter) have been studying TCC since 1992. In 1994 I began practicing Wu style TCC in the Yin Chung Gong Fa system. I have been teaching this wonderful style since 1998 and am a lineage disciple of Master Zhang Yun. I have written several articles on Tai Chi Chuan: 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.