1. What is T'ai Chi Ch'uan? T'ai Chi Ch'uan can be translated to "Supreme Ultimate Boxing". It is classified as an internal martial art, emphasizing softness in movement. T'ai Chi Ch'uan is practiced through slow and fluid form. T'ai Chi Ch'uan has health benefits and is an efficient form of self-defense. Traditionally, the entire form takes about 20 minutes to do. Shorter simplified forms have been developed. We practice the traditional Yang style long form. Other popular T'ai Chi Ch'uan styles are Chen and Wu, names based on the originating families from China


2. Is it different from Taijiquan? No, it is only a different way of transliterating from Chinese.


3. Sometimes I see it referred to as 'Tai Chi'. Does this reflect a different type of practice of the form? No. As my teacher says, it's like saying "United States" rather than "United States of America". They refer to the same country. However, some practitioners use 'Tai Chi' to deemphasize its martial arts aspect. However, in our opinion, taking out this aspect of the training greatly diminishes from the benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.  


4. Do I learn self-defense doing T'ai Chi Ch'uan? In our school, this is an option. It is the reality of current times that most folks are only interested in the health benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Even in this case, the physical structural and internal aspects of T'ai Chi Ch'uan form that make it an efficient self-defense system also confer numerous health benefits. As mentioned above, taking out these aspects diminishes from the health benefits. For those who are interested in self-defense, additional training curriculum is provided that include martial arts/self-defense applications, Chin-na (joint locking), and explosive strikes (Fa Jin). Sword form is taught to improve body dynamics and flow.  


5. What are the benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan? Please refer to our benefits link for more details. In brief, the benefits include:

- attaining better posture and flexibility

- reducing muscular tension, stress, and blood pressure.

- increasing awareness of body movements, coordination, and internal dynamics

- improving outlook on life and self

- enhancing awareness of the surrounding environment and self confidence


6. Do you teach children? This is a class for adults 18-years of age and up. In some cases with parent approval, 16 and 17 years olds are accepted depending on their maturity and at our discression.





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