Taoist Tai Chi® arts in 26 countries
Young or old, healthy or healing – around the world practitioners of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts experience life-changing improvement in their health.
All of our activities and instructional programs are offered on a participant contribution basis. More information can be found the national websites.
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We offer instruction in the following arts:
Tai Chi is commonly viewed as a soft style martial art and a low impact exercise. Over a period of almost two millennia, various approaches to Taoism have developed and perfected these health exercises as part of their religious practice. Spiritual enhancement through physical exercise may seem surprising, but in China the spiritual and physical realms are traditionally seen as being intrinsically linked. Tai Chi is the original mind and body exercise.
The origin of our Lok Hup (a.k.a Lok Hup Ba Fa or Liuhebafa) set goes back to the late Tang dynasty in the 9th century. Created by Taoist sage Chen Hsi I, the Lok Hup form consists of 66 movements that are noteworthy for their graceful, spiral turning. The movements may be regarded as an intensified form of our Tai Chi set. Since it involves movement originating from the spine, this art is most beneficial to students who have already developed a more advanced degree of spinal rotation through the practice of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Sabre
Our Sword and Sabre sets supplement the training in empty-handed Tai Chi. The weapon becomes an extension of the spine, and wielding it by connecting the arm to the spine facilitates the development of spinal flexibility. These conditioning sets also provide ideal conditions for introducing movements of the spine that might take a longer time to develop through the regular course of training.
While our Tai Chi focuses on “stillness in movement”, the emphasis of Taoist Meditation is “movement in stillness”. Meditation helps you still your mind by letting go of thoughts and attachments that cause stress and anxiety.
This two-person exercise develops strength, sensitivity, speed and spontaneity of response. Training in Push-Hands is offered in more advanced classes and develops strength in the spine and lower part of the body. Push-Hands can be used to open tight joints, condition muscle and tendons, and change the skeletal structure for better flow of internal energy.
Hsing-I (a.k.a. xingyi quan) is another Chinese internal art rooted metaphorically in the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, earth) and the movement of 12 animals (such as chicken and swallow). Emphasizing relaxed muscles and circular movements, Hsing-I further supplements our Tai Chi practice.