Updated: Jun 16, 2022
In this article, we will look at interesting questions: What is Tai Chi Chuan? What is Tai Chi Chuan Self Defense and Fitness? What weapons and fitness equipment are used in Tai Chi Chuan? What is worn in Tai Chi Chuan classes? Are there qualification levels in Tai Chi similar to karate? What is Tai Chi while sitting? What is Tai Chi Movement Meditation? Does tai chi affect health? So let's start.
What is Tai Chi Chuan?
It is a Chinese martial art used for self-defense, health maintenance, and meditation. The term Tai Chi is taken from the field of Chinese cosmology and means "big fist" or Tai Chi Chuan "endless big fist". Tai Chi Chuan differs from other martial arts in that it has low muscle tone and special attention to body health. In the 20th century, Tai Chi became a common practice among hundreds of millions of people around the world. As a result, the overwhelming majority of teachers teach it for health and sports purposes, that is, they ignore the initial warlike aspects of the method. Accordingly, the exercises are performed as a slow, fluid movement.
In 1956, the Republic of China established the "China Sports Association" which developed a movement and exercise pattern based on Tai Chi Chuan with the aim of gymnastics and preventive medicine for the working class. Today, millions of people around the world practice Tai Chi Chuan every morning. Tai Chi Chuan is the most popular martial art in the world, but the vast majority of practitioners do not know how to use it in combat and practice this method only for health purposes.
Self-defense and fitness using Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan specializes in medium to close range combats and uses four areas of effective self-defense such as punching and kicking, manipulation, and wrestling. Several principles are relatively parallel between the various styles of Tai Chi Chuan, for example, the Posture Principle. Kicking is usually aimed below the waist. Emphasis is placed on maintaining one's own balance and imbalance with the opponent. Strategic principle: the starting point is protection, i.e. most techniques are "counterattacks" and the initial initiative is usually given to the enemy.
The principle of softness and complexity: There is a sharp separation between soft movement and hard movement. However, soft contact with the enemy during his attack is replaced by a harsh and immediate reaction. Most of the practice of this method is slow and flowing, the body is relaxed and harmonious, and the energy comes powerfully from within. The contact between the pair is continuous and smooth, designed to train sensitivity to predict the enemy's movement and to automatically respond with the use of combat force.
Are there skill levels in Tai Chi like karate?
Tai chi does not have a unified qualification level assessment system, except for the system of examinations conducted by (Wushu Duan Wei), the Chinese association (Wushu) in Beijing. Still, most schools in China do not use belt ratings. True, some schools give their students rank belts, similar to the dan qualification rating system that originated in Japa