Master Jin Ye welcomes you to the Yinghua Wu Style T’ai Chi. Tai Chi is the commonly used transliteration (using the Wade Giles system of Romanization) of the Chinese characters 太 极 It may also be written as taiji using the Chinese government Pinyin system and it means “grand ultimate”.
Its full title t’ai chi chu’an (taijiquan) as it is known in China would translate as “ultimate fist”. However it is perhaps not so simple a translation as taiji is actually a Chinese philosophical term meaning “the great ultimate” .
Tai Chi is essentially an Internal Martial Art of Self-Defence, originating in China. Certainly this fighting art is more inextricably linked with Chinese philosophy and Taoism than may be first apparent. “All movements conform to the theory of the mutual promotion of yin and yang.” Taiji is a number of things to its various practitioners; it is a meditation system, a gentle exercise, and a fighting / self defence system.
Whilst the martial principles are still an important and integral part of all tai chi movements, many people are happy to practice this fluid and graceful art purely for the pleasure it gives, and its many health benefits. The “Taiji classics” become an important part of the study of taiji for the advanced student, but the translation of classical Chinese can be difficult for Chinese let alone a westerner with neither the language nor the cultural background.
Beginners of tai chi will be introduced to the ‘short form’. This is a relaxed sequence of 30 movements, performed in a controlled and gentle manner. Learning the form is a gradual process, an enriching one – a time of self-discovery. Students are encouraged to find themselves patient and commit in order to help reap the full benefits of the completed form. For those who feel unable to meet these requirements at the moment, the Qigong classes are an ideal alternative.
Flat shoes and comfortable clothing are all that is required to take the first step. More advanced students may extend their skills and knowledge with further forms and a variety of weapons.
- Welcomes people of all ages, levels of fitness and ability
- Practised in a calm and friendly atmosphere, it aims to improve balance, posture, flexibility and co-ordination, and to reduce levels of stress
- It builds strength, especially in the legs, and if practiced regularly, will increase stamina.
- Repeated practice helps keep the mind calm and focused, bringing an inner awareness of mind and body. Some would say – ‘mindfullness in motion’.
- It stimulates the circulation, increases the flow of energy (Qi) around the body, promoting a feeling of positive wellbeing.
- Excellent for rehabilitation after illness and surgery