Tai Chi

Experience the healing and relaxation benefits of Tai Chi at Oom Yung Doe.

Origins or Tai Chi Chuan

Many hold that Tai Chi Chuan has its origins in Taoist and Buddhist monasteries in the 12th century. Historical records, however, strongly suggest that Tai Chi Chuan was evolved from the Chen family art. The Chen family is able to trace the development of their art back to the 17th century. It is believed that the Tai Chi of the Chen Village had been influenced by the Taizu changquan style practiced at the nearby Shaolin Monastery.

As with most Asian martial arts there are several forms of Tai Chi, each with its unique characteristics.

Characteristics of Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan is an internal martial art. Training involves five elements, taolu (solo hand and weapons routines/forms), neigong & qigong (breathing, movement and awareness exercises and meditation), tuishou (response drills) and sanshou (self-defense techniques). While Tai Chi Chuan is typified by some for its slow movements, many Tai Chi styles – have secondary forms with faster pace.

The physical techniques of Tai Chi lessons are characterized by the use of leverage through the joints based on coordination and relaxation, rather than muscular tension, in order to neutralize, yield, or initiate attacks. The slow, repetitive work involved in the process of learning how that leverage is generated gently and measurably increases, opens the internal circulation (breath, body heat, blood, lymph, peristalsis, etc.).

Key components of Tai Chi lessons include both Neigong and Qigong. This practice involves coordinated movement, breath, and awareness used for health, meditation, and martial arts training. These breathing exercises are practiced to develop qi (“life energy”) in coordination with physical movement and zhan zhuang (“standing like a post”) or combinations of the two. These were formerly taught only to disciples as a separate, complementary training system.

Practice of Tai Chi Chuan

Health Benefits
Training with a Tai Chi school not only exercises the muscles, it twists and stretches all parts of the body. This feels like a massage for the internal organs. With all of this twisting and massaging, blood, other fluids and energy can better flow throughout the body.

Tai Chi Chuan practitioners experience a sense of aliveness, of vitality. They gain more coordination, balance and a simple confidence in moving. With this inner and physical grace, falls and other stumbling mishaps are less likely.

If the body is already injured, from an accident or a chronic disease, Tai Chi Chuan can help to relieve the pain and symptoms and to speed recovery. Tai Chi Chuan is useful for both preventive medicine as well as restoring health after injury or illness.

Stress Management Benefits
Through the regular practice of Tai Chi Chuan, one can better deal with stress—whether caused by external factors, such as death of a loved one, or by one’s own negative thoughts. Practitioners learn to move energy in a way that doesn’t continue to feed cycles of negative thoughts and feelings. This also helps to clear out the deleterious effects of stress hormones which are released in stressful situations.

Tai Chi Chuan class also helps practitioners to be less susceptible to stress. Just as Tai Chi Chuan strengthens one’s immune system, Tai Chi Chuan can strengthen one’s emotional and mental shields. Because Tai Chi Chuan is all about relaxation, stress and tension have a harder time of locking into a relaxed mind and body.

Tai Chi Chuan at Oom Yung Doe

Oom Yung Doe teaches 8 complete martial arts as a single curriculum. When teaching Tai Chi Chuan lessons, we focus on fluid, graceful movements that harmoniously set the entire body into motion. The body adapts to sway as a willow branch in a gentle breeze or to drift, softly as a cloud in the wind. Because movements originate from the student’s core they are strong without requiring force or sharpness. The breath in Tai Chi Chuan matches carefully by the movement, bringing an overall sense of calm and well-being. Those who consistently practice internal martial arts, such as Tai Chi Chuan, experience a greater ability to remain calm in stressful situations, increased awareness, endurance and a wellspring of energy that comes from a more profound inner strength leading to a decrease in illness and other disease.

Tai Chi Chuan is integral to our adult martial arts program, our teen martial arts program, and our children’s martial arts program.

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