In the 17th century, General Chen Wang Ting created an internal martial art that would later be called Taijiquan (or Tai Chi Chuan).
Based on the Daoist philosophy of Taiji (principle of polarity), the knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and the most successful boxing techniques of his time, a system was created in which martial arts could be learnt in a gentle and health-promoting way.
This style subsequently gave rise to all other well-known forms, such as Yang, the old and new Wu, Hao and Sun styles.
"The trees with deep roots are the ones that grow tall."
(Frédéric Mistral, Les îles d'or)
Flowing and graceful spiral movements characterise the outward appearance of the Taijiquan forms.
In contrast to later styles, wide, deep stances and explosive punching and kicking techniques are also part of the training programme.
Exercises with weapons such as the sword, sabre, stick or spear promote strength and skill and complement the repertoire of the Chen style.
In Tuishou (the pushing hands) we finally have the opportunity to approach the martial aspect of Taijiquan in a controlled and playful way within a safe framework and thus test the level of our abilities. Fun should not be neglected either.
"Only the spooling of silk is the foundation.
Every Taiji movement is formed in spirals"
(Hong, Junsheng - Practical Method)
The interplay of yin and yang, the interdependence and complementarity of the poles and the balance between the extremes form the foundation of Taijiquan.
This art follows the philosophy of the Dao (the Way), which was mainly characterised by Laozi and Zhuangzi.
Our art is based on these principles, but has nothing to do with the religious practice of the later developed religion of Daoism.
Rather, we seek depth and truth within ourselves and not in external dogmas.
"He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is wise."
"The greatest magnificence lies in simplicity."
(Leonardo da Vinci)
The art of Taiji is popular and known for its positive effects on body and mind.
There are now more and more scientific studies looking at the effects of Taijiquan.
Taijiquan promotes general mental well-being through mindful physical practice, which has been proven to alleviate stress symptoms such as inner restlessness, anxiety, insomnia and digestive disorders.
Physically, it has a positive effect on posture, balance, leg stability and sensory function.
As a result, practicing Taijiquan reduces the risk of falls in everyday life and promotes the ability to perceive one's own body from the inside and to control it finely and efficiently.
In the case of Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, the increased awareness and sensitivity helps to maintain motor skills and alleviate symptoms.
Strengthening the legs prevents the effects of osteoporosis. Taijiquan is also recommended against the symptoms of arthritis.
Ultimately, it is also fun to move in an aesthetic and relaxed way and everyone leaves the class feeling better than before.
"Don't sit for too long
Don't stand too long
Do not work too long"
(Tianyinzi, Realizing the Dao step by step - translated by Bödicker M.)
The lessons are made up of various forms of exercise, some of which are practiced in parallel and some of which build on each other.
Here is a list of the most important exercises and their effects on body and mind:
"Wars not make one great."
(Master Yoda, Star Wars)
The following masters are important to us, as our teacher Paris Lainas is a master student and descendant of Grandmaster Chen Shi Hong and Master Chen Bing in the tradition of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang's style.
"If you don't know your roots, you don't have a foothold."