What is Taiji(quan)?
Taiji (太極) or Taijiquan (太極拳) is a Chinese martial art that is known for its slow and graceful
movements. It is rumored to have origins that date back approximately 2000 years. However, according to modern history, the earliest known practice of Taiji began in the Chen village at around the 1600s. From there, many other Taiji styles were developed. Chen (陳) style Taiji was the first known style. Yang (杨), Wu (吴), Wu (武), and Sun (孫) were later developed.
Taiji is translated as the Supreme (太) Ultimate (極). These two characters can loosely represent the philosophy and theory of Yin (陰) and Yang (陽). With the addition of the third character Quan (拳), which represents fist, Taijiquan is known as the physical practice of Yin and Yang. In the West, we colloquially refer to Taiji as the slow-moving exercise that is mainly practiced for its many health benefits, such as improving cardiovascular health, psycho-emotional health, leg strength and stability, etc. It is known for its ability to harmonize the mind, body, and spirit.
About Dr. Matthew
Dr. Matthew Tay offers taiji video resources on Youtube where students can follow along and familiarize themselves with the basic movements of taiji. Movements will be broken down in a step by step manner where students can learn at their own pace and have the assurance of top quality lessons.