Taiji

陈式太极拳老架一路 (Chen Shi Taiji Quan Laojia Yilu - Chen Style Taichi Old Frame First Form)

陈式太极拳老架二路 (Chens Si Taijiq Quan Laojia Erlu - Chen Style Taichi Old Frame Second Form)

Taiji Boxing is the core of Chinese cultural heritage. It originates from Song Dynasty and has shaped its theory and fighting system through the continuous improvements by generations of masters, who based their modifications on combination of Qigong practice, breathing exercises and traditional Chinese medicine.

Taiji is characterized by the combination of firmness and flexibility, balancing of high and low speed, integration of movement and stillness, firmness and emptiness, flexible bending and stretching, performing movements without power but with full awareness. The fist movements in Taiji are continuous like spring silkworm spinning silk and like Chang Jiang River keeping a constant flow of water. Those who do not understand Taiji often think that given Taiji's slow performance and soft movements it's an exercise for old people. But in reality, in Taiji just like in any sports activity, to perfectly execute each movement, before using strength you must first relax the body: if you relax, you can perform a fast and powerful movement (this is why according to Taiji the movements must originate from a still and balanced mind).

This relaxing system and exercising method which is meant for both body and mind has many benefits:

Improving the nervous system which in its turn improves the funtion of all bodily organs and stimulates the brain. Taiji helps its practitioners to develop wisdom of the heart, coordination and reaction ability.Increased heart-lung functions and vitality, improvement of circulation system. Different from other sports activities, Taiji movements start slowly, letting all body muscles to rel ax first in order to ensure that the heart gets sufficient blood supply without increasing the heart rate. Through slow, long and even breathing, the area around the lungs gets sufficient oxygen, intestines and stomach get exercise, thus improving the digestion and excretion function.

Increased balancing ability and strengthening the skeleton: in Taiji some movements are specifically designed to help practitioners practise their balancing ability. During Taiji exercise, people often use one leg to support the whole body weight, in such a way developing stronger legs. Since it increases the amount of calcium in the bones, the skeleton will also become stronger.

Artistic value and a great fitness exercise. Taiji requires its practitioners to perform all sorts of movements which makes practitioners practice all the muscles of the body and therefore stay in good shape. Apart from that, Taiji - especially performed in a traditional uniform - is a very beautiful and elegant performance.

However, health and strength are not the only Taiji benefits. Apart from being a great exercise, Taiji is also a set of very effective combat movements. Taiji attack and block movements combine both traditional and modern methods to provide the most optimized way to fight. Taiji uses quick kicking, striking, knocking, holding, pressing, stroking, squeezing, pushing, trampling, twisting, elbowing and leaning to defeat the opponent.

太极剑 (Taiji Jian - Taiji Sword)

Taiji Jian is a straight two-edged sword used in the training of the Chinese martial art Taijiquan. Also commonly known as straight sword, the jian sometimes come with a tassel and sometimes not and it is used for upper body conditioning and martial training in traditional Taijiquan schools.

The Yang and Wu families were involved in Qing dynasty military officer training, and taught jian technique to their students. Traditional Taiji Jian forms are rooted in martial application, and are thus originally designed to make use of the weapons available at the time of their development. This sword was primarily created for close fighting in closed packed environments such as small towns and cities where spears and pole-arms might prove inconvenient.