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Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan translates as “Grand Ultimate Fist”, and traditional Chinese nomenclature means it when it invokes superlatives!

Indeed, traditionally, for students learning all three of the Internal Arts, Tai Chi Chuan is taught last.

It teaches the balance between the external and internal.

Technical aspect is about ‘melting’ – becoming water, finding no resistance, feeling no resistance, expanding outwards from the centre.

Qigong elements are in fact in the drilling of the form itself. Whatever happens in the form will translate in to the health and martial applications. This is best seen in the practice of push hands or more accurately sticking bodies where, correctly practiced with a partner, internal tensions are revealed and then addressed.

The overwhelming characteristic of Tai Chi Chuan is to become force-less, and yet to become substantial.  This is often mis-interpreted in the West to perceive it as purely a health art. Becoming force-less and yet substantial in a martial context can inform all aspects of our daily movement through life, leading to a lightness of being that persists in any given situation.

Alongside Xingyiquan and Baguazhang, Tai Chi Chuan is one of the three internal arts that form the structural context for training the development of Sung in the UKTQF's Shen Dao Programme

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