The origin of Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan has the following three sources: Taoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine (especially the practice of Qi Gong), and the martial arts.
Legend has it that in the 12th century, the Taoist monk Chang San-Feng saw a fight between a crane bird and a snake. At each pass, the bird fiercely pecked and clawed at the snake; however, through suppleness and coiling of his form, the reptile was able to evade the attacks and launch strikes of its own. The bird in turn circled, raised its legs and kicked, while using its wings to beat the snake aside when it struck.
The monk meditated on this experience, and after a dream he created a new martial art form that focused on the cultivation and precise application of Internal Power, or Qi.
This art held as its foundation the truth that ‘yielding overcomes aggression’ and ‘softness overpowers hardness’.