Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art system, which combines profound principles, theories and martial art techniques. The slow, soft and continuously flowing movements appear mysterious on the surface. However, it is the cultivation of one's internal energy, mind and the physical body that make it so unique and challenging. To generate relaxation, Tai Chi practice requires a deep level of concentration and a focused mind, thus allowing the mind to lead and guide the body's energy.
Tai Chi is not only a martial art, but has also been widely acknowledged as being an effective health exercise. It's controlled; slow-moving yet powerful movements promote fitness, develop strength and endurance, and bring about a total mind/body awareness and integration. Whether Tai Chi is practiced for health, as athletic sport or martial art it takes time, patience and qualitative practice to develop Tai Chi's internal properties. To achieve a high standard in Tai Chi training is a highly complex process.
In China, martial art is commonly referred to as Wu Shu and Tai Chi is highly respected as one of the most complex and effective of the "internal" martial arts. Chen Style Tai Chi is the original and the oldest form of Tai Chi. It emphasizes self-defense and incorporates both fast and slow movements. Yang Style and Wu Style are derived from the original Chen Style; these forms emphasize relaxation through slow rhythmic movements.
The Ji Hong Tai Chi Schools provide expert instruction in combination with a systematic approach to Tai Chi training to help practitioners put the complex Tai Chi theories and principles into practice.
The method of instruction used by Ji Hong Tai Chi is adopted from the "Theory of Systematic Approach to Tai
Chi" and "Scientific Training Methods of Tai Chi" that was first
developed by the late Tai Chi Grand Master Ji-Hong Luo.
He spent more than thirty years researching every
possible aspect of Tai Chi. Based on his work, his son Master Luo and Master Gu have further
developed and refined this systematic and scientific method of teaching Tai Chi.
Students at Ji Hong Tai Chi Schools receive expert instruction in their individual discovery and internalization of the basic principles of Tai Chi. The saying that one can judge a teacher by their students is certainly applicable at the Ji Hong Tai Chi schools. Following in the steps of Master Luo and Master Gu, students from Ji Hong continue to experience personal success.
From 1995-1998, teams from the Ji Hong Tai Chi schools have participated in more than 16 local, national and international Tai Chi and Wushu competitions. In total, students have been awarded 222 Gold, 176 Silver and 146 bronze medals.
At Ji Hong Tai Chi specific training methods have been developed that help practitioners to put the complex Tai Chi theory, principles and techniques into practice.
Forms are composed of a sequence of movements. There are empty handed forms and weapons forms like Tai Chi sword, broad sword. Forms provide not only the framework that allows the practice of Tai Chi principles and requirements but they resemble also the very essence of martial art applications. Forms training should focus the practitioner to:
Push Hands is a two-person exercise that provides for a safe practice of Tai Chi theory and principles and functions as a bridge to form training and martial art applications. Major requirements for push hands are: