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A Brief History

yingyangTai Chi Chuan is a part of the rich cultural heritage of China; dating back hundreds of years. Literally translated as “Grand Ultimate Fist” (Grand Ultimate meaning all that is yin and yang in the universe). It was originally developed as a martial art, but is best known as an exercise for health and meditation. Tai Chi Chuan is based on the principles of yin and yang, a balance of opposites, such as hard and soft, fast and slow, and light and heavy. It uses the soft to overcome the hard; the maxim of “Four Ounces To Deflect A Thousand Pounds”.

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A Brief History

koye fish Author: Unknown
In the Oriental arts to practice is to deepen the experience of being. The experience of being deepens with practice. The experience of being changes with practice. It isn't better than it was nor is it worse. It is simply different than the last practice of experiencing. In our infancy we gathered in the details of our physical body and then gathered in the details of the world around us. Over time, gathering in the details of the world around us became our chief preoccupation and the details of our body sort of went on auto pilot. Tai Chi returns us to that inner discovery and uses many of those early methods of self learning.

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