There are five major styles of Tai Chi Chuan (Chen Style, Yang Style, two Wu Style's and Sun Style), each with their own variations as well as combined, minor and little known versions.
We teach Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan created by Yang Lu Chan. According to the Chen family records, Yang learned Tai Chi Chuan from the creator Chen Wang Ting at the begining of the Ming Dynasty (1644 - 1912 AD) and softened the art by removing many of the more vigorous jumping tactics and stumping of the feet. His son, Yang Jian-Ho, later improved on the techniques for health by extending and expanding the movements into what is now called the "big style" of Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai Chi Chuan is many things to many people. To some, it is an esoteric, dreamlike ballet. Many believe it is a unique technique of health, consisting of nourishing exercises for developing peace and harmony in the mind and body, while to others it is a devastating martial art form.
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese practice that helps the student to discipline their mind and body, a slow relaxed motion of moving meditation that helps the student gain greater flexibility, strength, proper body alignment and balance. As the Tai Chi student learns to relax during practice, they begin to develop an awareness and control of their mind and body. Soon the Tai Chi student discovers that they create their own emotions and are responsible for their own actions.
It is said that a decrease of physical and emotional tension resulting from regular Tai Chi practice also stimulates certain areas of the brain responsible for controlling the body's immune system, thus promoting resistance to illness and infections. Clinical studies have shown that Tai Chi practice is effective in reducing high blood pressure and a host of other stress related ailments. Tai Chi Chuan is also used as physical therapy in China, as well as in a number of progressive clinics in the United States, for treatment of stress related disorders.
Tai Chi practice will not develop aerobic fitness or muscular strength due to it's slow meditative movements. Although a new student may feel that it does in the first few classes if they are in poor health but this should subside after a few classes. Tai Chi students that have trained for a few years may "appear" a lot stronger due to the fact that they know how to use their bodies in a kinetically correct fashion and therefore take full advantage of the body's power through existing muscular strength, correct leverage, and proper use of momentum. This increase in ease of motion and correct posture alignment allows the Tai Chi student to utilized 85% of their natural strength, in contrast to an untrained person, who only utilizes 45% of available muscle efficiency. What appears to be an increase in muscular power is merely the process of learning how to use the body correctly.
Therefore, Tai Chi Chuan teaches the students control over the breath, discipline over the mind, and awareness of the body, making the practice a holistic approach to health and life.
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