WHAT IS TAI CHI CHUAN?
Very often the image we have of Tai Chi Chuan is of participants executing slow, smooth movements as if they were floating, hiding at first sight the martial and non-violent side of this Chinese art, and even more so its spiritual path.
Tai Chi means "supreme height", which represents the supreme unity, the origin of all things, the centre of all that is manifested.
The dynamics of such unity is expressed through two movements, two polarities, Ying and Yang which give rise to each other and transform into one another. They are inseparable. Day and night, heat and cold, femenine and masculine, etc… Principles that alternate and are complementary.
Chuan means fist, boxing without gloves, in contrast to other martial arts. This is the martial aspect of Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as boxing without gloves using Ying and Yang, or supreme boxing.
El Tai Chi Chuan fue codificado en el siglo XVII, pero sus bases son mucho más antiguas. Como todo arte, el Tai Chi Chuan necesita un aprendizaje y una inversión de uno mismo.
Tai Chi Chuan was encoded in the 17th century, but its bases are much older. As all other arts, Tai Chi Chuan requires a learning process and a personal investment. To start with, the student will learn a series of slow and defined movements, called "The Form", similar to a very precise fictitious combat. This learning process, the memorizing of the movements, requires complete presence, forcing the student to cut off all external worries (which is why the practice is so relaxing).
Little by little, learners will become aware of each part of their body: the axis and the centre, the connection to the ground through the contact points, the muscular relaxation and the coordination of the whole. The enchained movements are repeated, facing a partner in order to verify the precision of the movement and the reality of each action. With this practice a better contact with oneself and with reality will be obtained. The outside work will be the medium for inner metamorphosis. In turn, every inner modification will bring about an improvement of the body posture.
Almost at the same time, the student will learn not to use muscular strength, but rather to open up the conscience and experience "Chi". Chi is the inner energy. According to the Chinese, it is the vital breath (not to be mistaken for breathing), the universal energy which is the origin of our world and the universe, that unites us with the cosmos.
Body and spirit are one same manifestation of Chi, they cannot be separated; for this reason Tai Chi is the practice of spirit and body developing a harmonious union between them, which will be the source of the spiritual evolution of the participant. It is also said that Tai Chi Chuan is a meditation in movement. Due to the slow execution, the work will mean abandoning physical and psychological blockages, obtaining the technical bases so that the subtle forces of the participant develop freely without energy waste.
When we reach such mastery, Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art expresses that the energetic "emptiness" is a thousand times more powerful than strength.
A long task, lasting years, never-ending… Tai Chi is the school of slowness, of distance, of humbleness and perseverance.
Over and above the bodily discipline and the beneficial effects on the health, it is especially an art of living. Returning to the simple things and becoming aware of what is truly essential we realize that the more we let go of things, the wealthier we are.
Its non-muscular, non-violent nature makes Tai Chi ideal for all ages, no matter the physical condition, even if it is poorly.
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