Over 300 different known martial arts styles are practiced in China today. These consist of two Chinese Martial Art systems, the external and the internal. The internal system includes such styles as Tai Chi, Xing-Yi and Bagua styles. The emphasis is placed on breathing, stability and are limited in jumps and kicks executed. The external system includes Northern Shaolin Long Fist, Hung Gar, Wing Chun, and other styles. These emphasize breathing combined with sound, utilization of strength, speed and powerful striking and kicking. Both emphasize the cultivation and utilization of Qi(chi ).
To date there are many different families of Tai Chi Chuan. Five of which are most commonly practiced are Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun, and Woo styles. All Tai Chi styles, find their roots in the original Chen family style.
It is believed that Tai Chi was developed by a Taoist Priest from the Wu Dang temple in China’s Wu Dang Mountains. He observed a fight between a white crane and a snake, and by mimicking their movements he created the unique martial art style, Tai Chi.
Tai Chi was initially practiced as a form of fighting, emphasizing on, balance, strength, speed, and flexibility. It has evolved into what we know today as a soft, slow, and gentle form of exercise which can be practiced by children and older adults alike.
We here at 9 Dragons Kung Fu have variety in our Tai Chi program, teaching both “Wu Dang Yang” and “Chen” styles along with varies sets of Qi Gong to promote health and longevity. Include are weapons forms for Tai Chi sword, Fan and a variety of classes emphasizing Tai Chi as a form self-defense since it has its roots in the Martial Arts. All classes are taught by a Certified Black Belt Instructor.
So whatever our personal goal is and wherever your physical ability is we have something for you in our Tai Chi Program.
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