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Live-stream classes now available

To find out how tai chi or qigong can work for you — or to find out more about our school — try one of our free live-stream qigong classes or find out about our next live-stream tai chi class. For a full list of our classes and the most up-to-date schedule, please visit our Tai Chi Class Schedule page. We do occaisionally get behind in updating the site, so if you see anything that looks out of date, or you still have questions, please do give us a call at 212-502-4112 or send us an email.

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What is T’ai Chi Chuan?

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.

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DVD: Tai Chi Chuan Principles and Practice

This video is an excerpt of the DVD, Principles and Practice of T’ai Chi Chuan, produced by Rick Brown for the T’ai Chi Foundation. The video includes excerpts from the full T’ai Chi Foundation video of the same name, which is available for sale here: t’ai chi store.

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Where Can I Learn T’ai Chi?

We have locations in New York City, around the country, and around the World. For our complete list of T’ai Chi schools and centers, please visit our T’ai Chi Locations Page.