Taiji means Grand Ultimate
and refers to the balance, interaction and inter-dependence
of yin and yang in the universe.
Quan literally means fist and refers to a martial art.
Taijiquan was and still is an extremely effective martial art.
It is also, however, a multi-dimensional practice for nuturing life:
Taiji is an whole body exercise.
softly, smoothly and slowly,
it is an excellent exercise for any age and is practical for almost
any physical condition.
It can improve coordination and balance.
It can reduce tension and stress.
It can preserve and improve your health.
Unlike some other forms of exercise that tear your body down,
a good Taiji practice should give you a warm glow afterwards
that may last for hours or even days.
Taiji is a social and psychological art.
The very nature of its practice, when done properly, seeks harmony.
Regular practice can improve focus, listening (at multiple levels), awareness,
Taijiquan is an effective and efficient martial art.
Using blending, yielding, redirection and sensitivity rather than strength,
Taijiquan was designed to destroy an opponent,
or at the very least neutralize her ability to continue attacking,
Anything else would just prolong the conflict and give the attacker
additional opportunities to harm you.
Taiji is a contemplative, spiritual art.
The more you practice Taiji, the quiet harmony found along
other dimensions can lead you to discover
a stronger sense of connection to others and to the universe.
Regardless of the dimensions you choose to explore in your Taiji practice,
always remember that there are no shortcuts.
The benefits of Taiji come only with diligent, regular practice.
Real Taiji is a path, not a destination.
It is both a life-long study and a study that will serve you for your whole life.
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