Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan is a martial arts system based on ancient Chinese Taoist and I Ching philosophies. In Chinese language, Tai Chi literally means the Great Ultimate, and Chuan means boxing.

The philosophy of Tai Chi might first appear in I Ching, also known as the Book of Change, in about 600 B.C. Later it became a symbol of Taoism and Chinese culture. At the same time, it is also an important part of Confucian philosophy, according to Yi Zhuan, a Chinese classic written by Confucius and his disciples.
There are many different styles or families of Tai Chi Chuan. The five which are practiced most commonly today are the Yang, Chen,Wu, Sun, and Woo styles. All Tai Chi styles, however, are derived from the original Chen family style.

Some people believe that Tai Chi was developed by a Taoist Priest from a temple in China’s Wu Dong Mountains. It is said that he once observed a white crane preying on a snake, and mimicked their movements to create the unique Tai Chi martial art style.

Initially, Tai Chi was practiced as a fighting form, emphasizing strength, balance, flexibility, and speed.

Through time it has evolved into a soft, slow, and gentle form of exercise which can be practiced by people of all ages.