compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
"TAI CHI can be treated as the driving force of the
universe, which generates two poles (Yang, Yin),
then evolving the four phases (sky, earth, men and
matter), which then produce the eight sections
(sky, earth, men and matter, time, space, material
and spirit) -
They give rise to all kinds of activities on earth"
- Dr. Nie Zhi-fei
an art of movement. Its purpose is the cultivation of life, of health, and
the wholesome evolution of body and mind as well as self-defence.
IT IS meditative and physically strengthening, and it stimulates
the development of internal energy, Qi.
It therefore applies to both therapeutic and martial purposes.
With inner energy being applied instead of muscle power, Taijiquan can
be practised effectively by both young and old, man and woman, big
This system, developed by the Chen family
over centuries, utilises the philosophy of
Yin and Yang, their changing phases, as
well as the harmonisation of body, mind
and soul. In this way Taiji (TaiChi) depicts
man/woman as between heaven and earth,
thereby granting him/her reason (dao/Tao).
It combines movements of self-defence (wushu) with the control of the
internal energy, and thus considered an internal martial art.
The better we understand things, the more we'll be able to describe
them in depth and illustrate their contexts. Within Taijiquan this means
that we can integrate the body in a more and more refined mode, being
able to gauge it with more subtlety, and being able to direct energy with
more intensity through our MIND & BODY. This philosophy of Wuji and of
Yin and Yang is not only the foundation pillar of Taijiquan but of all other
arts in China as well, such as geomantics, fortune-telling, astrology, music,
calligraphy, even science and medicine.
Taijiquan centres our body and our mind - it creates a strong centre
and harmony within. It gives us the knowledge and the feeling that enable
us to act adequately by intuition.
worldly matters. They are conditions of unending harmony and a joyful life
to be lived and experienced by every person. To achieve these, however,
is required. Taijiquan IS eminently suited to this, since it is the vital,
liveable and direct access to the(se) old teachings of wisdom.
The philosophy of Taijiquan is among the oldest in the world. The symbols of Yin and Yang, and what the Chinese call Taiji, have influenced Chinese thinking within living memory. Notations about the relationship between Yin and its counterpart Yang have existed ever since we are able to retrace the sources.
All the classical books of China such as the Yijing (I-Ching), the Doadejing (Tao Te Ching), the books of Dshuang Dsi or Confucius - everywhere the theory of Yin and Yang is found. This philosophy is thousands of years old.
"No leaps, no high kicks, no running. The feet always firmly on the ground ... movements intrinsically beautiful and at the same time charged with symbolic meaning. Thought taking shape in ritual and stylised gesture. The body transformed into a hieroglyph, a succession of hieroglyphs, of attitudes modulating from significance to significance, like a poem or a piece of music. Movements of the muscles representing movements of the consciousness ... It's meditation in action; the metaphysics of the Mahayana expressed not in words, but through symbolic movements and gestures" -
Aldous Huxley "Island"
SO where DO WE GO from here ?
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