About Taiji or Tai Chi

Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan means the Great Ultimate Boxing. The familiar Yin Yang symbol is called the Taiji or Tai Chi symbol that illustrates the two extremes polarities that are present everywhere and have to be balanced.

In the 1600’s, the Tai Chi founder Chen Wang Ting, retired as a commander in the Ming Army, to his native village Chenjiagou, Henan Province in central China. During his retirement, he combined the Martial arts he learnt in the army with health exercises (Qigong) and traditional medicine to create a new system that is known as Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan today. His descendants practiced the art as both martial arts and for its health properties. Many of his subsequent generations were fierce fighters providing body guards security to trade caravans and the art was further enhanced for its martial arts and strength building qualities. Today, the same fighting spirit and body mind cultivation is still present in our teachings of the Chen Family Taijiquan.


About Qigong or Chi Kung

It means training the energy (Qi= Energy; Gong=trained skill). Those exercises are more health focus than martial arts but have the same energy flow training. Qigong exercises strengthen the nervous system, improve the immune system, cleansing the organs and circulatory system to improve body mind well-being.

Those are the Qigong exercises we teach

Zhang Zhan – Standing Qigong – This is like a standing meditation to build strength and for the balance of Body, Mind and Energy.
Shibashi – 18 Patterns Qigong – This is a dynamic Qigong with deep breathing and gentle movements to strengthen the immune system.
Yin Yang (Yijinjing) Qigong, also known as the Muscle/Tendon Change Classic – This form was created by Boddhidarma (first Zen patriarch in China) for the health training of the Shaolin monks.
6 Healing sounds Qigong – This is a very ancient qigong using 6 sounds and each one correspond to an organ (Heart, Lungs, Liver, Kidneys, stomach and Triple Warmer). The aim is to improve the flow of energy in each organ to improve health and cure desease.