Taiji chuan
When: Tuesday 7-9 pm
Where: Marino Community Hall, 44 Newland Ave., Marino, 5049
Suitable for: Anybody who can walk.
Health Benefis: Breathing, flexibility, strength.
Cost: On application

  • Improves health, flexibilty, strength and the ability to defend oneself
  • Incorporates weapons training
  • Practice well into old age
  • Well rounded form of self defence
  • "Meditation in motion"
At Budokai Australia we teach Yang  and Chen style Taiji chuan as well as the modern simplified style.  Yang style Taiji chuan is mainly taught in modern times as a system of health and relaxation but, properly taught, is a well rounded system of self defence which includes weapons training.  Chen style Taiji chuan is the original and certainly a complete form of self defence, including strikes delivered with all parts of the body as well as locks and throws .  Most people know the health and relaxation benefits to be gained from a serious study of this popular art, but few know the self defence aspects and fewer are willing to teach it.  Taiji chuan as a means of self defence teaches avoidance of attacks and use of every part of the body to strike, kick or lock an opponent.  The relaxation, flexibility and leg strength gained from a study of taiji, added to the upper body strength which is gained through the weapons practice, provide an exercise program with very useful side benefits - not to mention the fact that you can practice in good health until a ripe old age.
 
Many hours are spent in solo practice to develop the relaxation of body and mind necessary to be able to deliver effective counters to an attack.  Only when practitioners are in control of their bodies- and egos - do they progress to pushing hands and partner-oriented drills.
 
Properly taught Taiji chuan also includes a study of weapons and, at the very least, a practitioner should study the Jian (narrow sword), Dao(broad sword) and Qiang(spear). These complement the hand forms and enhance understanding of technique, timing and distancing.
 
My own training in Taiji chuan began in Tokyo in 1981 with Nakano Harumi sensei and the simplified forms of 24, 48 and the combined forms taught in modern China.  I progessed then to Yang style and when I returned in 1985, commenced the Chen style taught in the Chen village.  In 1987, I commenced studying with Master He Bing Chuan in Shanghai in both Chen and Yang styles.  Master He was a Shaolin chuan grandmaster and president of the Shanghai branch of the Chin Wu society in Shanghai.  His Yang style was the traditional teaching but, according to Master Chen Jian Yun (my current teacher), he changed areas of the Chen form to incorporate elements of his Shaolin, so it differs somewhat from the mainstream teachings.  It was Master He who first trusted me enough to impart the self defence aspects of this incredible art, which is why I follow his teachings to this day.