Tai Chi Chuan / Taijiquan
The most common image of Tai Chi Chuan (also spelled Taijiquan or Taiji) is the very slow and graceful
dance-like movements. But Tai Chi Chuan is much more than just a slow dance.
It is, besides a very nice way of doing gymnastics together with other people:
All these parts are essential, and for a complete training in Tai Chi Chuan
they should be all mastered.
- a form of Qi Gong with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
- a Taoistic meditation
- a famous chinese martial art (self defence)
Some more about the martial art aspect: the slow form is also a preparation
for self defence applications: study the movements and you will see the
punches, kicks, grappling techniques etc. In more advanced classes we
train self defence applications, fast forms (with explosive punches, kicks),
weapons such as sword, knife (sabre, broad sword), spear, lance and stick,
as well as partner excersises, e.g. push hands.
I have been training (Yang) Tai Chi Chuan since mid 2000, and have
now studied the Yang long (slow) form, Yang fast set, as well as the first
broad sword form.
I don't have much more (yet!) to tell about myself in Tai Chi Chuan. Please
see the home page (http://www.taichi.nu/,
in swedish) of my teacher Klas Larsson - or any other links below - for more
about what Tai Chi Chuan is about.
Some good Taiji links
Here are some web pages I tend to visit for more information about Tai Chi
Yang Tai Chi Chuan - The ASCII Art version
Vincent Vi created the Yang form as ASCII-art 1994. Example:
Grasp bird's tail
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/< /< /< /< < \ < \ /< < \
The complete ASCII file.
,8888 888 ?888
`88 O d888
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Created by Hakan Kjellerstrand (firstname.lastname@example.org).