TaiChi

TaiChi is a centuries-old movement meditation originated in the fighting techniques of China. In earlier centuries, Daoist and Buddhist monasteries, which often were located in deserted areas, were directed to their self-defense in violent attacks. The monks living there were familiar with the energetic processes inherent in all living beings (Qi, Jing and Shen). Over the course of centuries they cultivated the use of these energies into a form of movement known to us today as TaiChi or Taiqijuan. Until the 19th century, these fighting techniques were passed on exclusively in the monasteries from master to disciple.

From about this time on, these fighting techniques were made available to the general public in a limited form. Starting from one family, the classic 5 styles have survived up to this day. They were developed as 5 forms of five distinct families.

The style we teach is based on the Yang family style and was developed by Master Moy Lin Shin (*1931, †1998), a monk who emigrated from China via Hong Kong to Canada.

Master Moy Lin Shin’s style is characterized by the classic long form consisting of 108 movements combined with elements of QiGong. He was taught by different TaiChi and QiGong teachers and combined the two arts in a way they led to his recovery from a long illness.

Master Moy’s style  is characterized by its slow and supple movements, which only partially contain the part of the fighting technique in the movement and in the description of the individual figures. The emphasis of his style is on health maintenance, prevention and rehabilitation and is unique in its form and execution.

Continuous training shows its effect in the increase of flexibility and stability of the physical structure. However, it has strong effects on mental health as well.

The physical advantages are:

  • higher flexibility in contrast to cramping, better balance, strengthening of the immune system, improvement of cardiovascular vitality and motoric coordination.

  • reduced pain and tension, particularly in the shoulder section and back area. TaiChi improves sleep, restores energy and harmonizes physical functions.

The mental advantages are:

  • in the formation of more serenity, balance and attentiveness, thus creating a lower level of stress. The body’s ability to relax  is improved, leading to better concentration and the perception of well-being is increased.