Commonly called Tai Chi (Taiji), Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) translates to "grand ultimate fist." It is an internal martial arts style - studying through cultivation and manipulation of Qi (body's energy). Cultivation of Qi is achieved by slow, flowing movements that strengthen internal organs as well as the musculoskeletal system. Manipulation of Qi is utilized in combat through yielding and redirecting the opponent's energy.
Tai Chi (Taiji) is also moving meditation, promoting awareness through emphasis on posture and flowing movement. Tai Chi (Taiji) is excellent for people of all ages and can be tailored to an individual's physical-athletic abilities and aspirations.
Tai Chi (Taiji) training focuses on isometric exercises (slow burning from static or relatively static postures) utilizing the body's own weight through slow, smooth movements to strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments as well as increase their flexibility. There are few rivals to Tai Chi (Taiji) when it comes to strengthening the lower body and increasing general physical fitness without taxing stress to the body and risking injuries associated with other forms of martial arts or exercise.
Taiji One teaches the two apparently contrasting styles of Tai Chi (Taiji): the restorative and smooth Yang style and the martial and dynamic Chen style. The Taiji One approach is unique: an integration of our experience in Tae Kwon Do (TKD), Kung Fu, and Yoga into traditional Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) training with hands-on instruction.
We have been teaching martial arts since 1997 students with various levels of experience in martial arts or athletics ranging from 9 to 91 years of age. Our emphasis is on enhancing mental-physical balance, posture, flexibility, and strength. We are excited to teach and share our passion for Tai Chi (Taiji) with newbies to martial arts all the way to Black Belts alike. We look forward to seeing you in our Tai Chi (Taiji) class, seminars, or private lessons!
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