Taijiquan (pronounced Tai Chi Chuan) combines martial arts strategy, medicine, and philosophy in a complete art form. The art is a ‘soft’ martial style. Practitioners learn to relax their body, connect soft tissues and align their physical structure for maximum force with minimal effort.
Taijiquan is practiced as a fitness regime or a martial art, and it is a fascinating study of a Taoist philosophical tradition that spans millennia. Taijiquan itself developed from these traditions probably during the 17th Century.
Physical conditioning is an important part of Taijiquan practise, and we take a classical approach to teaching. Students practise traditional “Ji Ben Gong” – physical conditioning – in conjunction with a graduated program of Yang Style forms, culminating in the Yang Style Sword form. From a martial standpoint, students can study “empty hand” applications and Tui-Shou or ‘Pushing Hands’, a technique for developing their “root”, sensitivity and the ability to uproot an opponent using internal forces called “jins”.
In the video below, Roni Edlund demonstrates the Yang Style 37 Step Form. You can find out more about our classes here.