What is T'ai Chi Ch'uan?
T'ai Chi is meditation in movement...and a whole lot more. When you see the Tai Chi hand form practiced it looks like a series of slow, graceful movements which are relaxing to watch and perform. T'ai Chi is more than this however. T'ai Chi has three main aspects - it is a physical exercise, a meditative experience and hidden within this, an art of self defence. T'ai Chi Ch'uan translates as 'Supreme Ultimate Fist' and over time we learn that to be relaxed is to be in control of our body, emotions and mental acuity.
Through the practice of T'ai Chi we can gradually become the calm in the middle of the storm. We can develop a strong mind, body & spirit connection. We can also become more in tune with our natural world & the people around us. From a martial arts perspective, our style incorporates a robust self-defence system which relies on good technique rather than brute strength. This makes it suitable for everyone.
Over the years, I have been inspired by the many teachers and students in our style who are now in their 70's, yet have retained good flexibility and vitality. My own teacher, Howard Gibbon is 71 and has the agility of a man half his age. Here's a video showing the T'ai Chi Form led by Howard, in Scarborough.
Hope you enjoy it! Angela Fallon