Tai Chi Chuan is the dynamic aspect of Chi Gong. It is the Chinese martial art practiced for self defense and improved health through the manipulation of chi. The advantage of Tai Chi is that a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, to adapt to each individual’s physical needs and body type. It is comprised of both hard and soft martial arts techniques useful for exercise, muscle toning and self defense.
The hard forms of Tai Chi are comprised of weapons, including, but not limited to, the broad sword and staff which demand strength, precision, and aggression. The movements demand strength from the wielder. The soft forms include the spear and straight sword, which demand speed, agility, and strong reflexes. Use of such weapons emphasizes full control with less strength requirements. The movements are sweeping and designed to utilize an opponent’s strength against him or herself. Tai Chi training is commonly known for being practiced as slow movements which promote longevity through stress relief, improved concentration, control, and peace of mind.
Grand Master Yan’s command over Tai Chi has allowed her to create a systematic program promoting the many benefits this martial art has to offer. Her eleven years of teaching experience give her the expertise to peel back the layers of Tai Chi and utilize its many forms and sparring exercises to benefit the student’s lifestyle. Tai Chi fundamentals offer both professional athletes as well as those with limiting health conditions the same clear mind, increased energy, reduced stress, and enhanced flexibility to promote overall wellness and improved cardiovascular health.
Chi Gong is the manipulation of chi (qi) within the body to heal various ailments. It is the part of Chinese medicine which allows the practitioner to cultivate his or her own energy to promote physical and mental health. The static aspect of Chi Gong requires the holding of particular poses for extended periods of time. The meditative aspect involves visualization or focus on specific ideas, sounds, images, concepts, and breathing patterns. Grand Master Yan’s extensive command and knowledge of Chi Gong gives her the latitude to customize programs for health and healing. Chi Gong classes are designed to be engaging, and they include sparring exercises along with learning forms and strength training.