Tai Chi Chuan

Traditionally understood to mean "Supreme Ultimate Fist", Tai Chi is associated with the Chinese concept of yin/yang, the duality which is believed to exist in all things. Although in the west today there is a tendency to think of Tai Chi as simply a form of moving yoga and mediation, it must be understood that it was originally conceived, and exists to the day as a highly effective martial art. In keeping with principle of duality, diligent practice leads to the enhancement of one’s overall health and vitality, as well as to the development of sophisticated and highly effective self defense skills.

Of the three internal systems Tai Chi is the most subtle in both expression and application, with the goal being the development of a harmony between mind, body, and intent. On the most rudimentary level this translates into an emphasis on receiving the opponent’s force and directing it back upon him/her; the central idea being to seize the advantage by enticing the opponent into a strategic overextension.

In addition to instruction in the basic form, the student also learns the use of a variety of traditional weapons. Practical skills are also developed through the practice of various levels of push hands and other two person drills. In addition the student develops skills in grappling, throwing, and seizing and locking techniques.