Tai chi is a traditional Chinese martial art that has its roots in the Taoist philosophy, where the principle of Yin and Yang is a central part. Our style, Wudang, is about practical training but also a way of living.
How does Tai chi affect the body?
In Tai chi, we keep a biomechanically correct body structure that effectively builds the physico strength, balance and endurance. Strong muscles in the legs and torso is trained regularly. The natural balance training exercises little muscles and deeper muscles, which relieves the back and knees and helps a number of pain conditions. Tai chi form is practiced slow. This provides endurance to the muscles, good coordination and a habit of being aware of the body’s many subtle movements. Form training also has a meditative aspect that will help you to land in the present moment and make you more calm and patient. All motions are performed according to certain principles which, according to a number of studies, to have beneficial effects on ex. balance, stress (reduced cortisol levels), cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease and more. An intimate connection also exists between Tai chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Regular form training starts Qi flow whish has a healing effect on the body’s organs and structures. Tai chi treats asthma and respiratory diseases, heal various heart diseases, improves coordination, makes you calm, normalizes blood pressure, suppress inflammation, relieves pain and gives you more mobility.
Practical Tai Chi Chuan?
There is a large amount of styles in Tai Chi. Wudang Tai Chi Chuan is a complete martial system developed by Cheng Tin-hung in Hong Kong, and were taken to Europe by Dan Docherty. Saars teacher Paul Silfverstråle is a student of Dan.
Wudang-style has its focus on the fight and is designed to be practical (another name for the Wudang tai chi chuan is Practical Tai chi chuan). Our training is really varied and includes forms, Tui shou (pushing hands / partner practice), Qi gong, light weight training, San shou (practical applications and self-defense) and Nei gong. In the same way we train with weapons; saber, spear and sword. The philosophical aspect is always present in the training and to understand and apply this is a very central part.