Tai Chi Chuan – what is it all about and why you want to learn it

What is Tai Chi Chuan?

It’s an ancient Chinese art of movement which has her origins in Taoism, traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts.
Our Tai Chi form – which is the original Yang style, is the so called ‘long’ form. It is a half hour practise containing of 3 parts which together makes is one. Or as we say it: 3 circles form a sphere. 
After completing the form, six in-depth steps follow as well as partner exercises (i.e. pushing hands, fighting form) and weapon (i.e. sword, saber).

Why learn Tai Chi Chuan

The slow smoothly flowing sequence of Tai Chi Chuan movements learns your body to move in a natural way.
An open and relaxed posture creates a free flow of vital energy in the body. Self-healing powers are set in motion and regenerate the body.
It is scientifically proven that practitioners of Tai Chi feel mentally stronger, suffer less from stress and many welfare-related illnesses can be alleviated.
 Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation
Three exercises are central to Tai Chi Chuan: meditation, Qi Gong and the Tai Chi form. What makes Tai Chi Chuan special is that these three exercises are inextricably linked. They influence and reinforce each other. All three elements help us to understand the life energy Qi and therefore form a unity in Tai Chi Chuan.
Therefore, in order to teach all aspects of Tai Chi Chuan, classes include the following components: Taoist meditation and self-massage, Taoist health exercises (dynamic qigong) and Zhan Zhuang (standing qigong), Step-by-step learning of the Tai Chi form and the 6 inner steps& in the advanced level: pushing hands, fighting form and weapon forms 


- working on your health -

People naturally enjoy moving, you only have to look at children. Movement is a natural need for us. Only when we are confronted with a physical problem or under strong emotional pressure does the need diminish because the body is saving energy. Actually a very smart response from our system.
In order to improve the energetic level, we need movement training that takes body and mind into account.
Tai Chi Chuan is a healthy way of exercise that is not exhausting and that stimulates the body’s own powers. At the same time, it also creates calmness in our busy minds. Away from our steady revolving thoughts. Just experience something completely different.
Opening the energy channels (meridians) and optimising breathing brings the body back into balance. This contributes to less muscle tension and a properly functioning metabolism, it helps to improve the vitality of the organs, gives more flexibility in the joints and supports the immune system.


-meditation & Tai Chi Chuan -

When the mind is filled with the attention to the movement, it becomes silent. You can experience that as being present in the present: there is only the practice of that moment. Space is created. The mind relaxes and the flow of thoughts diminishes. A relaxed and awake alertness arises, concentration and perception deepen.
How does this translate in class:
In the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, exercise with the mind manifests itself in different ways. In the Taoist health exercises we mainly focus on the relaxation and loosening of body parts, which creates flexibility.
In sitting and standing meditation (zhan zhuang) we focus on the breath, allowing the breath to become free and spacious.
During the practice of the Tai Chi form we become aware of how the energy in the body works and we practice perception and intention. In partner exercises we train that we remain open and relaxed in the interaction with the other.
Conscious movement relaxes and returns the mind to a natural state of being: inwardly concentrated, open and clear.

Martial Arts

- apply the inner principles

In Tai Chi Chuan we train to execute our movements naturally and to develop inner strength “jin”. If a posture is performed correctly according to the principles of Tai Chi Chuan, the qi can flow and we have “jin”: with light pressure from a partner, we can remain stable without difficulty.
Martial art does not mean learning to fight in Tai Chi Chuan, but is a means to see if we have understood and trained the inner principles in the right way. Through testing we can discover whether the qi flows freely and whether ‘jin’ is present. Partner exercises are great for seeing and feeling whether Tai Chi postures are being performed properly.
This kind of testing cannot be compared to the competitive atmosphere of regular combat sports. The tests have a more playful character and laughter is also allowed. The interaction of the partners is therefore more based on cooperation than on fighting.
While learning the Tai Chi form, we investigate the stability and balance of the postures in the more static “qi tests”. Later, in the “pushing hands” and “fightingform” partner exercises, the approach becomes more dynamic and we test the “jin” while moving.
 The origin of Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan has these 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 combat between a crane bird and a snake.  At each pass, the bird fiercely pecked and clawed at the snake, however, the reptile through suppleness and coiling of his form, was able to avoid the attacks and launch strikes of his own.  The bird in his turn circled and used his wings to beat the snake aside when he struck. 
The monk contemplated upon this experience, and after a dream he created a new Martial Art form that relied upon Internal Power, or Chi, at its root.  This art held as its foundation the truth that ‘yielding overcomes aggression’ and ‘softness overpowers hardness’. 
 Grandmaster Chu King Hung – founder  of
 ITCCA – Europe
Master Chu King-hung -1945- born in China came in contact with T’ai Chi Ch’uan early in his life when his family moved to Hong Kong. As a 12 year old boy, he began an apprenticeship with Master Yang Shou-chung which would last for 26 years. He learned the complete tradition of the Yang family and was then authorised by his master to teach the Yang style in its original form.
Master Chu created the ITCCA in Europe and found an appropriate way to teach the Original Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan to Western students.
As head instructor, master Chu determines the learning line of the ITCCA.


Nanda Duin – Brancheleader of
 ITCCA – Magyarország
All teachers go through a curriculum created by Master Chu and take  private lessons with him annually. Only then do the teachers obtain his permission to teach.
Over the years, teaching materials such as the Tai Chi form, the six in-depth principles, deepens the testing of the Qi and builds a personal relationship between Master Chu and the student.
I am a ITCCA teacher since 2004. 
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