What is Tai Chi Ch'uan?
The literal translation for the term Tai Chi Ch'uan is "supreme ultimate
boxing". It is a Taoist system of health maintenance and self defense that can
be accurately traced to the Chen village in the Ho-nan province of China. Written
records of this kind of boxing date back to the 17th century A.D. in the Chen village, but
there is speculation that the roots grow much deeper.
There are myths and legends of a Taoist monk, Chang San Feng (1279-1368), who reputedly formed this system of boxing after seeing a snake and a crane in mortal combat. Some part of the legend depicts Chang as a master of Shaolin boxing, others deny any link to the Shaolin systems. If there was any link to the Shaolin temple, there is little now. The softness and relaxation of Tai Chi Chuan is the antithesis of hard Shaolin schools.
What Style do we teach?