Tai Chi Chuan means the Grand Ultimate Fist. Because Tai Chi has developed as a martial art, it makes use of efficient methods to train the body-mind. The art of Tai Chi has been evolving for thousands of years. It is not the product of one man or one family. Its evolution has involved the collective genius of the Chinese culture.
Tai Chi has combined the knowledge of Chinese medicine, meditation techniques, philosophy, military strategy, and martial art training to achieve a high degree of sophistication and effectiveness. Whether you are training for the martial or health aspect, the foundation is the same, that is, strengthening the legs, relaxing the shoulders, the calmness of mind, and sinking the qi (internal energy) down, throughout the Tai Chi form.
Hun Yuan Tai Chi
“Hun” means mixed and “Yuan” means circle, so together they encompass everything in the universe. Hun Yuan also refers to the movement of the universe or the Tao which is the force behind all phenomena. This Tai Chi system specifically focuses on fostering a deep level of relaxation, cultivating energy to nurture oneself, and developing natural freedom of movement in the joints.
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The Hun Yuan Tai Chi system was developed by Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang (1928-2012), one of China’s greatest martial arts experts. He is known universally for his amazing feats of internal power. Grandmaster Feng has been featured on the front cover of several issues of the international American publication, T’ai Chi Magazine.
In Beijing, Grandmaster Feng had the unique opportunity to learn from two of the most well known and respected teachers of their time, Hu Yao Zhen and Chen Fa Ke.
Hu Yao Zhen (1897-1973) was a famous traditional Chinese medical practitioner, a qigong master, and an expert in Xin Yi Chuan (Heart-Mind Boxing). He became known as the father of modern qigong in China.
Chen Fa Ke (1887-1957), the 17th generation of Chen Style, was humble of character and emphasized martial virtue in his teaching. He defeated challengers without causing injury. Only a master of great skill would be able to do so. Chen Style Tai Chi is the progenitor of the Yang, Wu, Sun, and Woo styles of Tai Chi.
Due to the knowledge and insight that Grandmaster Feng has gained from his two teachers, he has been able to develop the Hun Yuan Tai Chi system which enables practitioners to achieve noticeable results quickly. Most of all, the practice of Hun Yuan Tai Chi is very enjoyable!
The Academy is proud to pass on this knowledge to you. Its instructors are dedicated to helping you gain the benefits that have made Tai Chi famous so that you will enjoy an enduring quality of life. The Hun Yuan Tai Chi form, consisting of twenty-four movements, takes only eight minutes to complete. Busy people can easily fit it into their lifestyles. Relaxation, a sense of well being, true freedom of movement, and better health are all within your reach!