A brief history of Tai Chi
Tai Chi was assembled About 700 years ago by a Taoist named Zhang SanFeng. Upon his retreat to Mt. Wudang (Hubei providence in China) to settle and cultivate his internal energy he witnessed a fight between a magpie and a snake. Inspired by what was seen, he created thirteen movements, which demonstrated these two opposing forces of nature. The thirteen movements created by Zhang SanFeng is the first form of Tai Chi. From this form became the 108 movement and eventually different styles had evolved Zhao bao style, Chen style, Yang style, Two different Wu styles and Sun style Tai Chi. In most recent history, in the late 1950’s the Chinese government recognized the difficulties within each style. So they created simplified forms of many styles for the general public to enjoy Tai Chi.
   
Description of Tai Chi and its benifits
Tai Chi is the physical manifestation of the philosophy of yin and yang .Within yin there is yang and within yang there is yin. To the average spectator Tai Chi seems to be a slow, casual form of exercise—but it’s deeper than that. Tai Chi is a form of feeling. It is like a silent, visual form of a sad or happy song. The slow, smooth silk-like linked movements equally matched with an even breath cultivating chi (internal energy) will result in a great natural feeling of rejuvenation.

 

Tai Chi offers a balance between physical and mental health. It promotes good circulation, builds strength, stamina and flexibility. It’s not to be forgotten that Tai Chi is a form of martial arts. Used as an exercise, Tai Chi’s movements are slow and flowing, yet each movement provides a practical application of self-defense. Each movement can have many different applications. Many of the movements used in Tai Chi are shared with many forms of Kung Fu.


Master Yun Xiang Tseng and George on Wudang mountain.


George leads class at Purple cloud temple on Mt. Wudang.

  

Tai Chi – Qi Gong

  1. Commencing form
  2. Open chest wide
  3. Bend arms overhead
  4. Swing arms to disburst clouds
  5. Whirl on both sides
  6. Rowing on lake
  7. Holding ball above shoulder
  8. Turn body and look at moon
  9. Turn body and push palms
  10. Wave hand in clouds
  11. Scoop water from sea and look to sky
  12. Move back and forth like waves
  13. Pigeon spreads its wings
  14. Thrust Fists
  15. Wild goose flies in the air
  16. Circles arms like flywheel
  17. Bounce the ball
  18. Press palms to calm down