Welcome to the Everyday Taijiquan website. Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) is a precious gift from the Chinese culture, and in no way ordinary. But we believe students of Taiji should practice it every day, until it becomes an ordinary part of their daily lives.
Taijiquan has been around in one form or another for over 1,000 years to help people live in a more meaningful way. In addition to health and self-defense, Taiji can help people to understand themselves, their relations with others, and their environment. The basic principles that allow this, performed during the Taiji exercise, can be practiced during any activity, and even while resting. These principles include deep relaxation, correct posture, proper breathing, and use of the whole mind and body to accomplish even simple movements. Long term practice of Taijiquan offers people robust health, a calm and clear mind, and surprising strength and self-confidence.
The self-defense aspects of Taijiquan teach one to harmonize with adversity. The perception and lightness fostered by regular practice allows one to sense an opponent’s intention, and change position to neutralize or return their energy. Taiji is sometimes called “the art of change,” and accomplished practitioners can change position and direction several times for every change a novice makes. Regular practice also develops “internal strength,” which can be many times stronger than the binding force of muscle and bone. This strength is only released once the opponent’s center has been identified. The name Taiji refers to the circular diagram of yin and yang, while the word Quan translates as “boxing.” The Taiji student ultimately seeks to release all internal and external conflicts, gradually arriving at a state of peace.
Taiji is an excellent system of exercise for young and old alike. It requires no special equipment, only a small space, and can be practiced by people in nearly any condition. The weak can become stronger, the strong can become more gentle, the distracted can become more present, the present can regain ease and naturalness.
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