Tai Chi, at it's roots, is a Martial Art.
...but compared to other martial arts Tai Chi involves moving slowly and softly and evenly at a constant pace. Energy is stored within one self and the movements are large and coordinated expanding Tai Chi into a multifunctional exercise, for health, longevity, molding one's character and building better relationships.
Interwoven within the curriculum of martial art training is a strict code of living which cultivates virtue. We call this Tai Chi character development, and it is essential if one wants to grow and develop through a martial art.
It is absolutely necessary to cultivate sincere humility, honest perseverance, tolerance and acceptance of opinions of others, and seriousness of interpersonal relationships.
(Photo: Master Yang Zhenduo and his grandson, Master Jun)
Life moves through us by how we move through our Body.
Through Tai Chi, we connect with the flow of Life. Rather than moving, we wait to be moved. With an empty mind we become totally aware. Once this awareness is established, healing is greatly enhanced, dis-ease dissolves. Harmony, calmness, and happiness, becomes more available, and a continual arrival of insights brings wisdom and connection to ourselves and in our relationships with others.
- Instructor, Richard Anton Diaz