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What is T’ai Chi Chuan?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Home Page Blog Posts |

T’ai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality. Its practice results in increased awareness, sensitivity, and an unexcelled art of self defense. The T’ai Chi form consists of a series of postures performed in a slow, continuous sequence. Unlike exercise which relies on muscular force and tension, the graceful movements of T’ai Chi emphasize relaxation, straightness, and true balance. The T’ai Chi form taught by the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan, and it’s parent organization, the T’ai Chi Foundation, was refined from the Yang Family form by Master Cheng Man-Ch’ing. This form, commonly known as Yang Style Short Form, takes only 7–10 minutes to perform and is a complete physical exercise, balancing and rejuvenating both the internal organs and external musculature. No special clothing or equipment is required. It can be done in a small space and is suitable for men and women of all ages. Literally translated as “Supreme Ultimate Fist,” T’ai Chi Chuan has been called the queen of martial arts. It’s basic tenet is simple and evident in Nature— “In Softness there is Strength.” While buildings and hard trees Tumble before the typhoon Blades of grass and willows yield And remain unharmed. Normally, human beings waste most of their energy holding unnecessary tension in the body and mind. In time, the body’s youthful pliability and straightness give way to stiffness and imbalance. Circulation becomes impaired, organs deteriorate, illness and injury become frequent, the mind loses its attentiveness. For thousands of years, the principles and practice of T’ai Chi Chuan have been helping people to eliminate tension, regain their health, and experience the full potential that is the birthright of everyone. © 2017 T’ai Chi Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved. Do not reprint without written permission T’ai Chi Foundation, Inc. Please credit: Neil...

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T’ai Chi Summer Vacations!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Home Page Blog Posts |

Through summer residential camps, we come together to share our individual wisdom and to push far beyond what we are able to do on our own. TCF summer residential camps are a place for renewal and inspiration where beginners and teachers are welcome. The Tai Chi Foundation offers two public summer camp opportunities each year during July and August in the U.S. and the U.K. There is something for everyone from camping out to staying in a retreat center surrounded by natural beauty.  See below for dates this summer, 2016:   The T’ai Chi Foundation is presenting two summer residential t’ai chi camps this year! United States Near Seattle, Washington, on Whidbey Island, at the Whidbey Institute, open to anyone who would like to join us, Sunday afternoon, July 17 through Sunday morning, July 24 (there will also be a week of classes for our t’ai chi instructors during the prior week). Form more info, or to register click  here. Ireland Rockwell College in County Tipperary, Ireland, August 7 -13 Email: vanessamcostigan@gmail.com The European Summer Training Team phone: Dutch participants only +31 (0)20 421 1956 phone: Irish & all other nationalities 00353 1 8319026 To download a form or make a payment, go to taichichuan.ie Download a...

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When we practice T’ai Chi

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Home Page Blog Posts |

We would like to share this insightful post, by one of our New York T’ai Chi apprentice teachers, Deborah Swayne: When we practice T’ai Chi, one of our major goals is to relax, which is not so easy for many of us. We can achieve some success through effort: that is, through regular practice, during which our technique continues to improve. But we also want to put trying aside sometimes, to rest in our bodies and in our awareness, not worrying whether we’re getting it “right.” This blend of trying and not trying is discussed in this short book review: NY Times science section book review: A Meditation on the Art of Not...

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Info: Free Introductory Classes

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Home Page Blog Posts, Information |

To find out how T’ai Chi or Qi Gong can work for you — or to find out more about our school — try a free introductory class. Check out our current schedule of Free Introductory Classes. For a full list of our classes and the most up-to-date schedule, please visit our T’ai Chi Class Schedule...

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Info: What is T’ai Chi Chuan?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Home Page Blog Posts, Information |

T’ai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality. Its practice results in increased awareness, sensitivity, and an unexcelled art of self defense. The T’ai Chi form consists of a series of postures performed in a slow, continuous sequence. Unlike exercise which relies on muscular force and tension, the graceful movements of T’ai Chi emphasize relaxation, straightness, and true balance. The T’ai Chi form taught by the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan, and it’s parent organization, the T’ai Chi Foundation, was refined from the Yang Family form by Master Cheng Man-Ch’ing. This form, commonly known as Yang Style Short Form, takes only 7–10 minutes to perform and is a complete physical exercise, balancing and rejuvenating both the internal organs and external musculature. No special clothing or equipment is required. It can be done in a small space and is suitable for men and women of all ages. Literally translated as “Supreme Ultimate Fist,” T’ai Chi Chuan has been called the queen of martial arts. It’s basic tenet is simple and evident in Nature— “In Softness there is Strength.” While buildings and hard trees Tumble before the typhoon Blades of grass and willows yield And remain unharmed. Normally, human beings waste most of their energy holding unnecessary tension in the body and mind. In time, the body’s youthful pliability and straightness give way to stiffness and imbalance. Circulation becomes impaired, organs deteriorate, illness and injury become frequent, the mind loses its attentiveness. For thousands of years, the principles and practice of T’ai Chi Chuan have been helping people to eliminate tension, regain their health, and experience the full potential that is the birthright of everyone. © 2017 T’ai Chi Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved. Do not reprint without written permission T’ai Chi Foundation, Inc. Please credit: Neil...

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