Your interest in T’ai Chi Ch’uan has brought you to our school’s website. Welcome. T’ai Chi Ch’uan is often translated as “The Supreme, Ultimate Exercise.” It has many traditions, teachers, and teaching methods. All are characterized by a slow moving sequence of postures or “shapes” performed in a conscious and relaxed manner, that creates vitality through relaxation, release of physical tension and mental stress, emotional and physical balance, and increased strength, flexibility, and calm awareness.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan is an example of a Chinese neigong (internal power development) practice and what we study and practice is called “the Form.” It is a complete approach to health enhancement: a regenerative exercise, a moving meditation, a self-defense art, a path to longevity, and a philosophical way of being promoting harmony and balance through developed consciousness and awareness of one’s body, emotions, mind, and spirit.
While the origins of T’ai Chi Ch’uan are ancient, it has survived and thrived into the modern era because it is so effective in bringing the mind, body and spirit together to prevent injury and promote physical and mental well-being. Increased interest in the West in mind/body medicine during the past few decades has resulted in many scientific studies that validate what practitioners have experienced for centuries. These studies confirm the beneficial effects of T’ai Chi Ch’uan on anxiety, depression, immunity, blood pressure, breathing, balance, athletic performance, arthritis, chronic pain, and many other health concerns.
We hope you find the information you seek on this website and that you will join us in our on-going exploration of this most wonderful art. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Stiff and unbending is the principle of death. Gentle and yielding is the principle of life.
In non-doing, nothing is left undone (wu wei wu bu wei).
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away. Life is very simple, but everyone seeks difficulty––Taoist Sage, 200 B.C.
Still within stillness is not true stillness. Still within motion is true stillness––Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing
Peace is every step––Thich Nhat Hanh
There is no path. The path is made by walking––Antonio Machado
Tai Chi isn’t something you “get” and move onto something else.––Maggie Newman
The Self is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere ––Carl Jung
How come no one ever says “Try softer”? For fast-acting relief, slow down––Lily Tomlin
Anything worth doing is worth doing slow––Mae West