Taiji Quan

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 Very ancient chineese martial art, of taoist inspiration, defined by someone as “moving meditation” or “the art of long life”, for its benefical therapeutic effects which follow the energetic rebalancing resulting from the practice of this discipline.

Taiji Quan (or Tai Chi Chuan), thanks to the use of slow movements, in harmony with the Cosmos, places the target to increase and improve the flow of “Qi” in the body. It is possible to choose a training mainly directed to a meditative – healthy aspect and a training more oriented to a martial aspect. Altough both aspects are indissoluble, depending on the preference of the group, or of the single person, a differentiated study – scheme could be dealt with.

24 Forms (Beijing)

Simplified Taiji Quan form, directed to develop mainly the healthy aspect and self – control. Particularly advised to older people or with important stiffness or health problems. It is commonly practiced in China, in parks, every morning. It can be considered preparatory to a more deepen study of Taiji Chuan.

108 Forms

Original form of Yang Chen Fu, it consists of 108 movements. It emphasizes the too much ignored martial aspect of Taiji Quan, it helps the circulation of energy (Qi), enhances the counsciousness, improves health, raises concentration capability, transforms body and mind. It is practiced with constancy, improves our life, enabling us to find a greater qualitatively comprehension of the world and of ourselves.

TRAINING PROGRAM

Qi Gong (Chi Kung)

Main basis present in every practice of Taiji Quan, it consists in the execution of simple movements related to various breathings. It canalizes Qi (energy) in acupuncture meridians, creating the assumption for a good practice and health.

Stretching exercises

Theese exercises place the body in an ideal flexibility and reactivity condition. They are performed gently and gradually.

Pushing hands

Exercises with a partner, preparatory to a martial study of Taiji Quan.

Study of the Eight Gates

Through the study of theese eight fundamental movements of Taiji Quan, the eight primary energies are learned, which are the bases of this martial art.

Pre-ordered combat and sparring

Pre-built combat sequences are dealt with, starting from stances of the forms. Through this study, the eight energies are understood. For the more advanced students, sparring movements are expected, in order to complete every aspect of Taiji Quan.

Meditation

Substantially we take into account two types of meditations: the three balls meditation, which is performed while standing, the meditation done through hearing and breathing, which is performed in sitting. Different types of meditations exist, but these two are widely adequate for a complete practice of Taiji Quan.

Forms using a sword

The forms are trained with one of the most traditional weapons of Taiji Quan, full of martial applications and only after having mastered the forms with empty hands. Important to develop lightness and sensitiveness.

Fundamentals

Mostly if it is decided to study the martial aspect of Taiji Quan too, main hand and leg techniques are learned, typical of this and other martial arts.

Philosophy

It is good to deal with the practice of Taiji Quan knowing at least basic knowledge of Taoist philosophy: Wu-Ji, Yin and Yang, Qi, Shen, Trigrams of Y-King, etc…Hence information will be given about theese topics.

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TAIJI QUAN LEVELS

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Beginner phase 1st degree / 2nd degree / 3rd degree

Middle phase 1st degree / 2nd degree / 3rd degree

Advanced phase 1st degree / 2nd degree / 3rd degree

Reaching the advanced phase 3rd degree an advanced level certificate will be given to the student and, upon request, he could do an instructor training.