Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)
· How will you learn Taijiquan at our Academy?
1) Taijiquan – Standard Training, as many hours per week as you’d like
You can participate in the regular Taijiquan and Qigong trainings for as many hours per week as you’d like. You will learn shorter forms like the 24-Peking form as well as longer forms such as the 42-hand form, a wide range of weaponry techniques (swords, sticks and fans), and partner exercises (Tuishou and Dalü). We also offer exams upon request in line with the Chinese Duan System. You can take part in all of the weekly Taiji and Qigong sessions.
2) Taijiquan – Basic Training, 1 hour each week
You can practice Taiji to relax, stay in shape and to improve your health. Main focus during this training is on simpler forms of Taiji like the 18 Taiji-Qigong movements, the 8-short form as well as on the 24-Peking form and easy-to-learn partner exercises.
3) You can select a training to become a Taijiquan teacher
together with our cooperation partner ChinBeKu at the Advanced Technical College for Sports in Cologne ("Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln") and during the weekly exercise groups in Krefeld.
4) Private Lessons
To facilitate your training, to broaden what you have learned in the group or if your schedule is so busy that you cannot participate in the hourly group sessions.
5) We consider ourselves to be an academy
That is, we do not only offer courses, teaching material and professional literature in order to give those interested deeper insights into Taiji and Qigong. Another one of our key objectives is to conduct ongoing research, to further develop and to roll Taijiquan out in Germany and Europe.
You will be amazed to discover how much passion for life and inner satisfaction you will get from this ancient yet highly modern form of martial arts. Enter the world of Taijiquan and get to know us during a free, non-binding, 2-week introductory course. You can participate in all trainings during this period and, of course, in the weekly Qigong hours, too.
We very much look forward to welcoming you!
· Background knowledge
Taijiquan, also called Taiji or Tai Chi Chuan (T'ai-chi-ch'üan, T'ai-Chi-Ch'uan), is an ancient martial art that was developed in China in which movements gradually and flowingly arise from the easing of tension. Taijiquan’s developmental history most likely started to take shape in the 15th century; however, the so-called internal style had already been designed and put into actual practice long since then in China.
Over the course of the century, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) experienced major changes with regard to the type and manner of its performance. The most explosive and strength-driven movements were eliminated. In contrast, sharper emphasis was placed on the smooth, limber and graceful components. In this way, Taijiquan increasingly transformed itself into an "internal martial art" – a martial art that can promote the "inner strength" or respectively vitality (the Chinese Qi) and that can lead to personal maturity and robust, good health.
Whereas combative partner training (Tuishou) is highly popular in China and, in particular, with the younger Taiji practitioners, this combative aspect is frequently secondary as opposed to the health-promoting, relaxation and personality development aspects that are most important to us in the Western world. Today, six traditional styles are mainly practiced in Southern and Western Europe: the Yang style (the most prevalent), Chen, Wu, Wu-Hao, Wudang, and the Sun style.
· Health aspects of Taijiquan
Thanks to the movements that are performed slowly, fluidly and flowingly, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is an excellent, active meditation exercise with a positive impact on feeling great about your body, improving your concentration, reducing stress, ensuring an inner and outer peace of mind, and the list could go on and on. You can also perceive it as a holistic healthcare system that harmonizes and makes the Qi, i.e. our vitality (also called: "inner strength") flow smoothly again.
|Taijiquan Improves||Taijiquan Promotes|
|Joint problems||Overall health|
|Knee problems||Self-healing powers|
|Headaches/migraines||Passion/zest for life|
|Heart/circulatory problems||Harmony/Sense of balanced well-being|
|Immune system deficiencies||Learning aptitude|