TAIJI

- TAOIST PRINCIPLES IN PRACTICE -

yin yang yong


Traditional Taijiquan training for the development of inner strength and harmony - through concentration, co-ordination & relaxation of Mind, energy and body.

Taiji is an ancient art that is in essence the practice of Taoist principles in daily life. It leads the practitioner to a knowledge of him/herself within and without, expressing the highest ideals as written in the ‘Tao Te Ching’ some 2500 years ago and the ‘I Ching’ (Book of changes) before that.

Here it is taught with the main purpose of internal refinement. This incorporates the balanced learning and development of the three spheres (of Mind & body) in man, referred to and reified in Taoist nonclemature as: The Bodily/Etheric (energetic) sphere (下丹田 Lower Dantian), the Emotional/Astral sphere (中丹田 Middle Dantian) & the Mental sphere with its Spiritual component (上丹田 Upper Dantian).




The Quest Within


The philosophy of yin and yang can be understood as balance and harmony. The practice of aligning with this universal concept offers practitioners a method of internal development - one which causes such internal changes so as to garner an experiential undertstanding of the underlying forces in Nature; Thus learning of the science of Mind (Hsin), energy (Qi) and body (Jing).

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Attuned to such higher laws (through gradual stages) and whilst following the set of Taiji principles correctly, therefore, allows for a growth which can enable man to arrive at an increasingly balanced and internally-evolving state.

This, the legendary Taoist Sage Chang Sen Feng (Patriarch of Taiji) proclaimed as the original purpose of Taijiquan. The now well-known, highly esteemed martial abilities and health benefits attained as a result of correct training were and are by acquisition very positive side attributes.

With no over-emphasis on the body in-and-of itself (but rather the mind-to-body connection 心), whilst equipped with the knowledge that we are only as developed on the outside as a consequence of the internal, we seek to go within, adhering to the ‘Classics’ of old ('Taiji Classics') and appropriating an agreeable balance of the martial and health known 'secrets' as well.


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