The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness. Only when there is stillness in movement can the spirituall rhythm appear which pervades heaven and earth. Ts'ai-ken t'an
Taijiquan, or tai chi chuan, translates as "supreme ultimate fist." Taijiquan is the pinyin representation of the Chinese characters while tai chi chuan is the Wade Giles system of representation. I prefer the pinyin which is the more modern of the two, plus it differentiates the "chi" in tai chi from the "chi" in chi kung or qigong. "Qi" is the Chinese name for energy while "ji" is ultimate. Ji is pronounced more as "gee" while qi is pronounced more "chee". Qigong is a part of Chinese medicine and uses movement and sometimes sounds to enhance qi flow in the body for health.
Taiji is a philosophy which comes from Taoism and the Yijing (I Ching or Book of Changes). Taijiquan is an internal martial art. Internal martial arts focus on moving energy, on softness and flexibility overcoming rigidity and hardness, and a few ounces deflecting a thousand pounds. Each movement encompasses a martial intention, a philosophy of yin and yang, and a health aspect. In the United States, the focus is on health - slow, smooth, graceful movements that enhace mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical balance. I use qigong and taiji principles in my counseling private practice to help manage stress and anxiety. A handout of the medical benefits of taijiquan and qigong can be found here. You can find some principles for practice of taijiquan and qigong here. A brochure with more information can be found here.
My lineage is: Yang, Chenfu - Jiang, Yukun - Zhu, Lianfang - Cheng, Xianhao (who currently teaches in Philadelphia and has a blog at TheInternalArts.com) - William Hansell (http://williamsburgtaiji.com/) . I have also studied with other teachers including Meghan Bryant, Sheila Rae, Susan Scheuer, and Dr. Jwang Jing-Ming. In September 2012 I was certified to teach Taiji for Arthritis which was developed by Dr. Paul Lam. In February 2014, I was certified to teach Dr. Lam's Taiji for Diabetes.I have studied taijiquan since 2000 with my teacher, Bill Hansell.
I teach Yang style 9, 24, and 40 form, Wudang 13, and Paul Lam's Sun style Taiji for Arthritis, his Yang/Sun style Taiji for Diabetes, and his Taiji for Beginners. You can read more about the medical benefits of taijiquan here. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has information on taijiquan here. I also help my teacher with a Yang style 40 form class at the Quarterpath Recreation Center in Williamsburg on Tuesdays at 12:15 PM. You can find his teaching schedule at Williamsburg Taiji.
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