What is now the culmination of thousands of years of work, Tai Chi Chuan is is a traditional Chinese internal martial art, said to be the physical embodiment of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, written in the 6th century BC.  “Tai Chi” translates as “Supreme Ultimate” and is tied to the Taoist theory of the origin of the universe via the Tai Chi symbol of Yin and Yang. “Chuan” translates as “Boxing” or “Fist”.

Tai Chi incorporates meditation with subtle internal movements and larger external movements, thus it is known for both; it’s powerful healing, and fighting abilities.

The slow speed of Tai Chi practice allows ample time for the mind to integrate into the body through movement. This is how it enhances proprioception, joint position sense, kinesthetic awareness.

The flowing movements of Tai Chi smoothly transfer the weight of the body through space. This is how it enhances balance and postural stability.

Click here to read a brief overview of Tai Chi from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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