TAI CHI

TAI CHI

WHAT IS TAI CHI?

Aikido 合気道 is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies and philosophy. Aikido is often translated as “the Way of Harmony.” Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.  The philosophy of Aikido is not to be competitive, so the training is purely for personal development. Aikido is vigorous, weight-bearing exercise that improves your strength, coordination, balance and your overall health. The training also helps you develop alertness and a calm mind. Most people find that regular training reduces stress levels significantly. The most important reason to study Aikido, however, is to enjoy it!

TAI CHI CHUNG TANG STYLE

The Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan was first developed by Yang Lu Chan in the mid 1800’s. Yang Lu Chan had trained in the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan for approximately eighteen years, and had become very proficient in the art. He became famous, and was well known as “Yang the Invincible”. The art was passed down from fathers to sons. Yang Lu Chan’s grnadson, Yang Cheng Fu, standardized and made the style popular throughout China in the early 1900’s. Today the Yang style, which is named after the family surname, is the most practiced style of Tai Chi Chuan in the world today.

STYLES OF TAI CHI

Chi Kung or Qi gung (pronounced Chee gung) is claimed to be “the science and practice” of chi. Chi Kung literally means energy cultivation. Physical and mental healths are allegedly improved by learning how to manipulate chi. It is even said that one can strengthen the immune system by mastering one’s chi

The use of calisthenics, stretching, and breathing excercises to maintain good health, fight disease, and enhance the quality of life is of great antiquity. This type of physical activity has a long documented history in both India and China. Artwork, Medical manuals, folklore, treatises, scriptures and reports on the subject go back over 4,000 years.

The use of calisthenics, stretching, and breathing excercises to maintain good health, fight disease, and enhance the quality of life is of great antiquity. This type of physical activity has a long documented history in both India and China. Artwork, Medical manuals, folklore, treatises, scriptures and reports on the subject go back over 4,000 years.

Push Hands is the beggining of two person practice in Tai Chi Chuan. Its’ practice develops sensitivity, yielding, neutralizing, and internal strength, using body mechanics developed in the form.

JULIAN MYFTIU

The instructor of Tai Chi at True Balance Martial Arts is Julian Myftiu. He has decades of experience in the art. Contact:

Phone: 586-268-5575