Taijiquan or commonly known as Tai Chi, is an internal / soft martial art very well known for its health benefits and defensive techniques. Once used in China as the martial art that the emperor's body guards would have mastered, this powerful art has been modified over time to increase its health benefits. Its movements are mostly done slow as if swimming in water or the air. The gentle movement feels much like a moving meditation as it integrates body, mind, and spirit into harmony.
There are many health benefits to Tai Chi including blood circulation, reduced tension, stress, and anxiety, improved balance, increased flexibility and increased muscle strength. Over time Tai Chi can improve just about anyone's health regardless of age and condition.
Tai Chi is also known as a spiritual martial art as it combines Daoist Philosophy and movement together. Daoist Philosophy utilizes the principles of Emptiness, Yin, Yang, 5 elements, and the expression of the 8 fundamental forces of nature known as the Bagua. With continual practice, one would be able to enter the boundless state of the universe and feel it's infinite non-dual potential within. This is how the founder of Taijiquan, Zhang San Feng, was said to have become enlightened.
Styles of Tai Chi Taught
There are two notable styles of Taijiquan that I currently teach. The first one is the ancient Primordial Taijiquan of the Zhang family which was said to be the ancestor form of the modern styles taught at Wudang Mountain and Chen Village. The Primordial Tai Chi consists of 36 movements or concepts which were passed down for millenia within the Zhang family to Zhang San Feng. Primordial Tai Chi's most frequently used movement is the Primordial Tai Chi moving mudra which emulates the swirling energies of the Pre-Heaven Taiji Diagram.
Zhang San Feng was said to have taught this form only to Zhang family members and not to all the Wudang Monks. Within the Primordial 36 is the famous Taijiquan 13 Methods which are the most essential movements and concepts seen within every Tai Chi Form and are based on the 8 Elemental energies of the Bagua (Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lie, Zhou, and Kao). By mastering the Taijiquan 13 methods, you will be able to understand any modern Tai Chi form practiced today.
The other Tai Chi Form that is taught is the Authentic 99 Tai Chi Form developed by Chen Pan Ling. Chen Pan Ling was a famous Chinese martial artist who moved to Taiwan in order to avoid persecution. While in Taiwan he became famous and developed this combined 99 movement Tai Chi form with the help of other Grandmasters from Yang, Wu, Wu Hao, and Chen styles. The form was most notable practiced by Wang Shu Jin and pays respect to Tai Chi as practiced in the early 1900's.
Taijiquan is being offered as an ongoing class with open enrollment to all levels on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:15pm.
Tai Chi Classes
Array of Light
511 Dover Rd.
Toms River NJ, 08757