Whilst Qigong is the more static version of meditation and the second step after meditation in the path of healing your body, Taiji quan (erroneously written Taichi chuan*) is a dynamic sequence made of slow and harmonious gestures where you will learn to direct your Qi through all your body, braking from static position in order to get total fluidity in each movement.
Considered the mother of all martial arts, Taiji quan is an ancient discipline born in China and diversified into five different styles at a later stage: Chen, Yang, Wu Hao, Wu and Sun. Substantially similar, they may differ in range of motion, postures and some gestures, although the main objective –driving Qi into circulation- remains the same. Taiji differs from other styles of Martial arts because its practice looks more a gentle exercise rather than a routine that requires physical effort. This is partly true, as Taiji quan allows also anyone to keep fit through moderate exercise whilst increasing the internal life energy (Qi). Not to exclude the “applicative” part of Taiji quan: get mastery of one’s body for defensive purposes without the slightest effort, as this can be experienced after a diligent practice and focused discipline.
Many the benefits of this ancient art:
-gives the body the relaxation needed to maintain the concentration all the time
-helps optimally managing energy during moments of intense physical effort (hard work, training, practicing forms, fighting)
-gives athletes the ability tocontrol anyattackaccording to the criterionofminimumphysical effort (basically the opponent delf-defeat with his or her own hands).
Taiji quan also includes the usage of weapons: as a second step you can learn the form with the sword, which purpose is disengaging from the weight of the very same in order to obtain maximum fluidity of movement.
Heart of the Orient introduces the Taiji quan Yang style (Yang Fu Kui (traditional: 楊福魁, 1799-1872), also known by the name of Yang Fu K’uei and Yang Lu Chan (traditional: 楊 露 禪, simplified: 扬 露 禅).
*”Taiji quan” is the correct way in the official phonetic system Hanyu Pinyin
The Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy allows its Students to learn any style with no limitation. However, we strongly suggest to follow a gradual, 3+2 years program where you will start from the basics to the toughest Shaolin Kungfu styles. Furthermore, this is the only way the Academy recognizes your achievements.