Taiji Quan: Chen Style
Taiji Quan is by far the most popular Chinese martial art. Movements in Taiji Quan are carefully balanced and flow from one to another. The position of the body and attentive breathing play a very important role, helping to archive a harmony in the body. Through the practice of Taiji it is possible to attain spiritual balance and perfection of the body
The name Taiji Quan derives from Daoist concept Taiji which was first mentioned in The Book of Changes (I Ching), written around 10 centuries B.C. It is believed that all Changes are related to Taiji, which consists of Yin and Yang – the two opposing forces, present in all and always trying to achieve balance with each other
Governor Fu Xi, contemplating the Heaven and the Earth, listening to the birds and animals, observing people and their activities, looking inside himself, realized that all existing things in between the Earth and the Heaven are governed by one law, which reflects the interaction of these polar forces. This universal law has a united structure and is distinguished by a number of qualities or forces. Principally there are eight forces, each a manifestation of Supreme Energy. Schematically the eight energy qualities are depicted in the form of eight trigrams - a set of 3 full or broken lines.
Another internal art, Bagua Zhang, was also created from this system of Eight trigrams. They describe all existence, their names being derived from nature – Sky, Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, Lake, Mountain and Thunder.