Taiji Quan is a specially designed type of Quan in the treasurable Chinese Wushu culture. It helps people to train themselves with empty, flexible, relaxing, comfortable, and quiet methods and is suitable for health care. Taiji Quan can be used for self-defence and is also helpful to adjust Qi (breath) and strengthen heart function. Thus Taiji Quan is beneficial for avoiding illness and extend longevity, and is a skill for both combat and health preservation.
The name, Taiji Quan, comes from Chinese ancient philosophy “Yin-Yang” and “Tai-Ji”, because of its tremendously movements. The word “Taiji” comes from “Zhouyi”: “Yi has Taiji (supreme terminus), and it produces two Yi (ultimate element)”. “Tai” means supreme, and “Ji” means the initial beginning or ultimate terminus or vertex. Taiji is Cinese people’s primitive Weltanschauung. Taiji Quan gradually came into being from the intergration of Quan (boxing) skills and the theory of Taiji.
Movement characteristics of Taiji Quan
1. Relax Body and Quiet Heart
2. Slow and Gentle Strength
3. Coordination of Movements, Breath, and Mind