Introduction of Taiji Quan
Taiji Quan is one of the Chinese Traditional internal martial arts practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.
Initially, Taiji Quan is applied as a unique and profound self-defense technique. It is originated by ShanFeng Zhang in 12 century and later on developed into three main branches: Chen-style, Yang-style, and Wu-style. As an ancient Kong Fu, Taiji includes Quan, sword, broadsword, spear, push-hand, etc. It is build upon the philosophy that "The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and strong” from Dao De Jin. Taiji martial art also emphasize that one is expected to show Wu De (martial virtue/heroism), to protect the defenseless, and show mercy to one’s opponents.
Taiji practice comprises three levels: 1) correct posture and movement, 2) deep relaxation and build up internal qi, and 3) spiritual awareness and manipulation. Although the correct posture is the key for a good practice at the beginning, those who fall in love with the external posture always get into trouble, for supreme achievement of this art is the cultivation of spirit.
In nowadays, Taiji practice is well known worldwide for its health benefits. Taiji – the world of balance, the world of Yin and Yang, the world of the nature and relaxation will bring in a whole new life style in the highly paced new era of technology. As described in one of the Harvard Health Publications from Harvard Medical School: Taiji is often described as “meditation in motion”, but it might well be called “medication in motion”. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
According to the scientific research, it can improve our immune system and central nervous system, stabilize the cardiovascular system, reduce pain and strengthen the fitness. Through years’ practice, many chronic diseases can be effectively cured or relieved such as neurasthenia, insomnia, neurosis, high blood pressure, stomach and intestines disease, kidney disease, arthritics, diabetes, hypochondria and even the obesity etc. So, it clearly illustrates the value of Taiji Quan in therapy and disease prevention.
The merits of Taiji Quan are described below:
Its Health Aspects