Tai Chi

"The Arts of Snake and Crane"

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Taijiquan means "Grand Ultimate Boxing"


"This is an internal style martial art based on the interplay of Yin and Yang. It uses softness of movements to yield and blend with the opponent's force, enabling the practitioner to create an opportunity for counterattack without brute force. The classics say "Four ounces repels one thousand pounds" meaning that through the application of correct techniques, a small movement can redirect a strong incoming force. Using Taijiquan, a person of any size can subdue a larger and stronger opponent. The physics of movement and posture are trained rather than increasing muscle size and strength. The same training that makes Taijiquan an effective martial art also makes it a superior method of improving health. All over the world, people of all ages are using Taijiquan to improve their balance, calm their minds and nerves, restore their energy, and exercise their bodies in a low impact way that is suitable even in old age. Taijiquan is practiced slowly and smoothly which improves the tone of all the muscles and tendons, and leads to better balance. The continuous movements help to train the body and mind to work in concert rather than in many segments, which makes the practitioner more graceful and improves mental function. Taijiquan also makes an excellent method of physical therapy in many cases. I invite you to search the internet for all the health or injury related issues that Taijiquan is recommended to treat. "Tai Chi" as it is more popularly called, is now the most recommended therapeutic exercise  by the World Health Organization. Treasured in China for centuries, its global popularity continues to grow every day!"

"At Five Elements Studio, we practice the style of Tai Chi called Guangping Yang" 

"Many people are familiar with "Yang style Tai Chi" which is probably the most popular globally.
This style is similar but still has many differences. 
Guang Ping refers to the village where the Yang family came from. Yang Lu Chan was the first outsider to learn Taijiquan from the Chen family, and the Guang Ping Yang style reflects the way it was practiced among his family, and any of their students who were native Han Chinese people. The more well known Yang style is evolved from what they taught to the Manchurians, who conquered China in the 1600s establishing the Qing Dynasty. While the the popular Yang style, or "Peking Yang" as we would call it, is still an excellent form of exercise, the Guang Ping Yang style is more intact, and contains many martial art secrets that were held back from what was taught to the ruling class of the time. The most unique trait is the blended use of both hard and soft techniques hidden within the movements.
The Long Form of Guang Ping Yang Taijiquan contains
64 movements representing the 64 hexagrams
of the classical text, the Yi Ching."  
Kuo Lien Ying
Yang Lu Chan
Yang Pan Hou