Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan: Western pronunciation and spelling) is a Martial Art, a form of moving meditation and exercise based on continuous flowing movements, which has been practiced in China for thousands of years. The movements and exercise are performed in slow motion and coordinated with deep diaphragmatic breathing.
As a martial art, Taijiquan is a very effective fighting art with its many techniques and beautiful circular hand movements and precise footwork; visually it resembles an effortless dance, but in reality every movement is precise and is performed with internal strength. Through the practice of the art one seems to harmonise internal energy with outer movement (Yin and Yang) to promote a balance between body, mind and soul.
Although Taijiquan’s benefits are numerous it is best known for its relaxing and calming effects. The movements sooth tired and tense muscles and overstressed nerves of modern day living. As a healing art it is widely used by Chinese doctors to treat many different ailments. Because of its preventative and therapeutic properties, it is common practice for Chinese doctors to prescribe Taijiquan as part of the treatment for ailing and convalescing patients. In fact many Chinese doctors are Taijiquan practitioners themselves.
There are many different styles and forms of Taijiquan, each an art handed down by Grand Masters from generation to generation.
Taijiquan is suitable for all ages to cultivate body, mind and soul. It tones, strengthens and heals. Start learning now – it is a gift to yourself that you can practice every day for the rest of your life.
Contact Sifu Mannie Barstz to join him during his classes at one of the following venues:
Alchemy Health & Fitness Centre, Blackheath
Ingwenya African Retreat, near the Cradle of Humankind
Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, Emmarentia Dam, Emmarentia
Campbell House, Waverley