Please keep practicing. Our regular practice sessions will be informally beginning soon. We will be doing special outdoor practices and respect distancing. Contact us to check on practice sessions weather permitting. Taijiquan practice should be a considerable asset to your health and wellness. It is highly recommended that you take advanatage of the spring weather and any extra time you have, to further enhance your Taiji practice and knowledge.
The Yang family first became involved in the study of t'ai chi ch'uan taijiquan in the early 19th century. Yang became a teacher in his own right, and his subsequent expression of t'ai chi ch'uan became known as the Yang-style, and directly led to the development of other three major styles of t'ai chi ch'uan see below. Yang Luchan and some would say the art of t'ai chi ch'uan, in general came to prominence as a result of his being hired by the Chinese Imperial family to teach t'ai chi ch'uan to the elite Palace Battalion of the Imperial Guards in , a position he held until his death. Yang Jianhou the third son Yang Chien-hou Jianhou — passed on the middle frame long form, sometimes called the 2nd generation Yang form or the Yang Jian hou form to his disciples who still pass on this more martial form that is when seen more reminiscent of Chen style for which it is closer to in time as well as form than the Yang Cheng fu form or 3rd generation styles. Thus, Yang Chengfu is largely responsible for standardizing and popularizing the Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan widely practised today. Yang Chengfu developed his own shortened "large frame" version of the Yang long Form, in order to make it easier to teach to modern students who are busy with modern life.
The different slow motion solo form training sequences of T'ai Chi Ch'uan are the best known manifestation of T'ai Chi for the general public. They are performed slowly by beginners and are said to promote concentration, condition the body and acquaint students with the inventory of motion techniques for more advanced styles of martial arts training. There are also solo weapons forms, as well as much shorter and repetitive sequences to train power generation leverages as a form of ch'i kung. The various forms of Wu-style pushing hands have their own one person drill routines, as well, which fulfil some of the same functions as the power generation drills.
It is also a sophisticated martial arts system. Through practicing Tai Chi you are able to calm down the mind, locate your spiritual center, and consequently find your entire being. From the relaxed moving exercise, you can bring your physical body into an ultimate level of relaxation and natural ease, resulting in smooth Qi inner energy and blood circulation. This is a key to maintaining health and recovering from sickness. Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient internal Chinese martial art which has gained widespread popularity for its many health benefits.