About Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi? (Taijiquan)

Tai Chi Australia in Mandarin

Tai Chi, or Taijiquan in Chinese, is an outstanding gem of traditional Chinese culture that is valuable in promoting health, developing combat and self-defence skills, and improving concentration and overall well-being.

Although it is a branch of the Chinese martial arts (Wushu), it has also been practiced for general health and fitness purposes since the 16th Century. Health benefits are derived from the Tai Chi's slow, gentle and tranquil movements which enable harmony in mind and body, improved mobility, suppleness and mental alertness.

Tai Chi - Taijiquan is the officially accepted spelling by the International Wushu Federation. It is known as and sometimes spelled Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan in the West. Taijiquan means supreme ultimate fist. Tai means Supreme, Ji (Chi) means Ultimate, and Quan (Chuan) means Fist.

The benefits of Tai Chi are well recognized by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) who are frequently Tai Chi instructors themselves and recommend the art as the physiotherapy of TCM.

Anyone regardless of age or level of fitness can practice and benefit from Tai Chi. Loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes should be worn to classes.

There are many different forms of Tai Chi with the main styles being Chen, Yang, Sun, Wu, Woo and Dong Yue. While each style has its own characteristics, the principles remain the same. The Yang style is the one you have probably seen being practiced in the park. It is the style responsible for the spread in popularity of Tai Chi for health and relaxation.

'Whoever practices Tai Chi regularly will in time gain the suppleness of a child,
the strength of a lion, and the peace of mind of a sage.'

Old Chinese Saying

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Master Han Jin Song initiated as a disciple of Master Chen Xiao Wang

On 28 of March 2009, Tai Chi Australia’s Chief Instructor, Master Han Jin Song, was one of 11 Chen style tai chi practitioners to be officially recognised by Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang for his technical prowess and dedication to the practice of Chen style tai chi by being initiated as one of his disciples.

The ceremony was held in the remote Chen Jiagou Village in Henan Province at the Zu Shi Tang, the temple to commemorate the Chen style Founder and the previous 18 Generation Keepers/Masters of Chen Style who have passed away. It was attended by village elders, local government officials, Chen style tai chi Masters, initiated disciples, news media and a documentary film crew.

Master Han proudly says he is the only Australian to have this honor bestowed upon him. “I have known Grand Master Chen for over 20 years. In the early 1990’s I attended his workshops and then accompanied him around Australia as his interpreter. Grand Master Chen has placed a big responsibility on me. He trusts me to promote Chen style tai chi in Australia.

“I now train with a different mentality. My aim is to study and practice hard so that I can understand Chen style tai chi well and pass it on to others to the best of my ability. It’s important that all Chen style tai chi practitioners understand its discipline, have respect for self and others, and respect the teachings of Grand Master Chen and his antecedents.”