FAQ


? What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (also known as Taiji, Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan) originated in ancient China. It is an effective martial art (=Wushu) and health exercise system, which is deeply rooted in the Chinese tradition and philosophy. Tai Chi means literally “supreme ultimate” and “quan” boxing or martial art.

As a movement system, Tai Chi is today practiced and enjoyed worldwide with increasing popularity, mostly for reasons of health, exercise and relaxation. The gentle soft flowing way of Tai Chi's movements provide for a great mind/body workout, with practitioners experiencing benefits like stress management, improved balance, flexibility, leg strength, strengthened respiratory and immune funtions etc.

There are five major Tai Chi styles: Chen style, Yang style, Wu style, Wu (Hao) style and Sun style, each displaying different flavours. Chen style is the oldest known Tai Chi style and has retained its martial character by displaying expressed spiral movements, its lively performance with varying paces from almost stand still to fast with explosive expressions of power bursts. Chen style originated in Chenjiagou (Chen village), Henan, China. Yang style and Wu style are the two most widely practiced styles.

Tai Chi can be adapted to fit all ages and interests, whether practiced for exercise & health, as a demanding athletic sport or martial art. Tai Chi's principles and requirements are consequently applied to empty hand forms, weapon forms as well as push-hands (partner exercises) and self-defence applications. While styles, forms and applications may widely vary, the principles are the same for all.

Tai Chi is build on the principle of softness ("...The weak can overcome the strong; The supple can overcome the stiff..." Lao Tzu). Using Tai Chi principles in daily life means to use softness to overcome stiff force, learning to use balanced energy to complete tasks, dealing with people gently and with respect.

Tai Chi is practiced in a relaxed manner with a number of seemlessly connected movements, called the form. Depending on the Tai Chi style, the forms vary in their outward expression from calm, even paced to vigorous and explosive. The form practice may last from a few minutes to well over 30 minutes, depending on the number of movements as well as the speed at which a form is performed. Tai Chi practice requires awareness, concentration and the use of mind/intent. Beginner forms are simplified and shorter, whereas the traditional forms are longer with more demaning requirements. Hidden within the movements are effective martial art applications which are driven by complex internal processes.

? Tai Chi and Health

Tai Chi as a Health Exercise: Traditional Tai Chi

   The Chinese tradition of exercise, therapy and rehabilitation for maintaining health, vitality and longevity has been practiced in China since ancient times.  Tai Chi (Taijiquan) was originally developed as a martial art, but was also quickly recognized for providing various health benefits.

   While the term "Tai Chi" appears frequently in promotional materials for classes and may be connected with health benefits, few understand, that, to truly qualify as Tai Chi, it must be taught and practiced in accordance with the "Tai Chi Principles". Practitioners wishing to explore the deeper scientific, spiritual and practical aspects of Tai Chi will experience a fascinating journey of self-discovery and development. Hundreds of millions practitioners worldwide enjoy Tai Chi as a form of health exercise, sport or martial art. 

? Beginner ? What to Expect from a Tai Chi Class at the Toronto Branch?


Try it first and pick the one you like.

 

Cultivating Tai Chi programs          

 

The complicated Tai Chi is decentralized aims to cultivate each practitioner's physical and mental wellness.

Targeted to maintain and enhance practitioners' desired level according to their preference, join any time. 

 

Tai Chi Softness Work   

Stretch as a means to achieve physical and mental relaxation, so to improve flexibility of the body 

 

. Tai Chi Qi Gong                  


 

Taking advantage of thousands of years of the breathing technique, respiration in sync with body movement so to improve one's wellness. 

 

. tai chi gong + kinetic set

  

Practicing the fundamental of simple body open and close/ rotation kinetics, and basic foot works so to hone the skills of unique Tai Chi movements. 

 

. tai chi sword exercise     

Special Tai chi sword routine, intensity of gaze, hand and foot work ,learn single basic technique to get ready for Tai Chi sword form.

 

. Advance tai chi training   

 

Hard core of free-hand Tai chi routine as basis, combine with the equipment as an aid to experience Tai Chi explosion power.

 

. tai chi in pair

     

 

Learning and practicing tai chi push hands, self defense,    compulsory course for mastering martial art tai chi. 

 

.  tai chi for 55 +                      

 

 

Tailored for the elderly , low-intensity tai chi exercise classes available from Monday to Friday morning.

 

. Tai Chi ball                      

 

Traditional Tai chi ball exercises , aims to special training in upper and lower limbs balance. 

 

. Tai Chi theory and workshop   

 

comprehension class for Most critical 20 topics in Ji Hong Tai Chi system.

 

suitable for passionate Tai chi practitioners 

 

 

. Tai Chi form refinement        

Further already learnt Tai Chi Routine in detail , skill coordinated movement with mobilization of strength,  to enhance the degree of difficulty , rhythm control , and other aspects of the use of refined techniques , to enhance the overall Tai chi routine level . 

. Tai Chi joints and muscles maintenance work 

Tai Chi exercises to enhance joints and tendon activities, and learn how to maintain and improve joints and muscles condition

 

. Follow Me Tai Chi  

 

Thirty minutes practicing tai chi with the TV plus to thirty minutes with the instructor practicing tai chi, can come seven days a week in one price, Tai Chi practice time is included.

 

. Tai Chi practice time  

 

Provide a venue so that students able to practice their own tai chi exercises and routines.


Tai Chi forms                   

. Traditional Chen 1st and 2nd, sword forms    

. Traditional Yang and sword forms          

. IWUF Chen and sword forms 

. IWUF Yang and sword forms

.  Traditional Wu Hao style form




 


? Beginner - Which Program to Choose?

It really depends on one’s health and exercise goals. 


Cultivating Tai Chi programs  are  The complicated Tai Chi is decentralized aims to cultivate each practitioner's physical and mental wellness.

Targeted to maintain and enhance practitioners' desired level according to their preference, join any time. 

or you can choose our Tai Chi form program.


? What is Tai Chi Push Hands?

You can start with push-hands training right away, although we recommend studying forms parallel with it. At Ji Hong Tai Chi Forms and Push Hands are integral elements of studying and practicing Tai Chi.

Push Hands is a fun training activity between two cooperating partners with the objective to experiencing a higher level of self-control and at the same time attempting to controlling an opponent. It functions as a gate to understanding Tai Chi as a martial art by safely studying relaxation, sensitivity, timing, coordination, balance and how to generate, leverage, neutralize and redirect various types of forces.

Push Hands is also a competition sport where two opponents try to unbalance each other within a ring and governed by competition rules. This type of activity requires a high degree of physical and mental fitness.

? Difference Between Chen and Yang style Tai Chi?

Chen style Tai Chi is the original Tai Chi, It changes from fast to slow, uses different working heights, expressed circular movements to partly explosive elements during the form.

 Yang style Tai Chi is the most popular Tai Chi in the world, It displays calm, elegant movements to be best described as linear open/close movements which are performed at a constant speed.

? What are the Cultivating Tai Chi programs ?

Yes, you can join our cultivating program any time.


Cultivating Tai Chi programs  are  The complicated Tai Chi is decentralized aims to cultivate each practitioner's physical and mental wellness.

Targeted to maintain and enhance practitioners' desired level according to their preference, join any time. 


They are:

Tai Chi Softness Work   

Stretch as a means to achieve physical and mental relaxation, so to improve flexibility of the body 

 

. Tai Chi Qi Gong                .

 

Taking advantage of thousands of years of the breathing technique, respiration in sync with body movement so to improve one's wellness. 

 

. tai chi gong + kinetic set


Practicing the fundamental of simple body open and close/ rotation kinetics, and basic foot works so to hone the skills of unique Tai Chi movements. 

 

. tai chi sword exercise    Special Tai chi sword routine, intensity of gaze, hand and foot work ,learn single basic technique to get ready for Tai Chi sword form.

 

. Advance tai chi training 

 

Hard core of free-hand Tai chi routine as basis, combine with the equipment as an aid to experience Tai Chi explosion power.

 

. tai chi in pair

     

 

Learning and practicing tai chi push hands, self defense,    compulsory course for mastering martial art tai chi. 

 

.  tai chi for 55 +                      

 

 

Tailored for the elderly , low-intensity tai chi exercise classes available from Monday to Friday morning.

 

. Tai Chi ball           

 

Traditional Tai chi ball exercises , aims to special training in upper and lower limbs balance. 

 

. Tai Chi seminar and workshop   

 

comprehension class for Most critical 20 topics in Ji Hong Tai Chi system.

 

suitable for passionate Tai chi practitioners 

 

 

. Tai Chi form refinement       

Further already learnt Tai Chi Routine in detail , skill coordinated movement with mobilization of strength,  to enhance the degree of difficulty , rhythm control , and other aspects of the use of refined techniques , to enhance the overall Tai chi routine level . 

. Tai Chi joints and muscles maintenance work 

Tai Chi exercises to enhance joints and tendon activities, and learn how to maintain and improve joints and muscles condition

 

. Follow Me Tai Chi  

 

Thirty minutes practicing tai chi with the TV plus to thirty minutes with the instructor practicing tai chi, can come seven days a week in one price, Tai Chi practice time is included.

 

. Tai Chi practice time 

 

Provide a venue so that students able to practice their own tai chi exercises and routines.

? Classes, Group Programs, Private Classes in other Locations

Please check our website for current locations and class schedules.

Please contact us to discuss any special class arrangements, private classes, group lessons, corporate programs.

For groups with a minimum of 6 - 8 persons we teach at a location of your choice within the GTA.

? The Ji Hong Tai Chi System?
"The Ji Hong Taiji System" is the principal method of instruction at all Ji Hong Tai Chi schools. This method is a systematic and scientifically based approach to teaching basic and advanced Tai Chi theory and practice, and was developed by the late Grand Master Ji Hong Luo.

Grand Master Luo spent more than 30 years researching Tai Chi's vast literature, visited prominent Tai Chi masters in China, and carried out experiments in university medical and science faculties. All this eventually led to the formulation of a total training system for the martial art of Tai Chi reflecting Tai Chi's tradition combined with the viewpoints of modern medicine and science.

Master Hong-Yuan Luo and his wife Master Jennifer Gu have been continuing researching Tai Chi and refining this total training system.

The Curriculum of "The Ji Hong Tai Chi System" includes teaching of basic and advanced Tai Chi Principles and applying these to Tai Chi Forms, Tai Chi Push Hands and San Shou practice.

Examples of training in fundamental Tai Chi Principles are to create an understanding of,

• Yin and Yang; opening/closing; hard/soft; fast and slow;
• Connecting; relaxing (song); sinking and finding one's central equilibrium;
• Methods to cultivate internal energy (qi), such as silk-reeling exercises;
• The use of the Dantian (elixir field) as the body's center of gravity and focus of internal energy cultivation;
• How to generate, build, transport, and to increase the quality of the Internal Strength (nei jin) being an aggregate of body, mind and internal energy (qi), and to distinguish between external (muscular) power (li);
• Methods to increase body's sensitivity, balance and total body & mind control;
• The four stages of Tai Chi practice (rid stiffness to become relaxed; from relaxed to strength; from strength to relaxed; coexistence of relaxed and strength).

Tai Chi forms are composed of a sequence of rhythmic movements. There are empty-handed forms and weapons forms like Tai Chi sword and broad sword. Form practice provides the framework for studying and applying the fundamental Tai Chi principles and cultivating one's mind and body. At Ji Hong Tai Chi, forms training focuses on:

1. Remembering the movements;
2. Performing the movements with the requirements of Tai Chi principles
3. Understanding the interdependency of one's intent (mind), movements (body) and internal energy (qi);
4. Correcting and refining the forms, learning martial arts applications hidden in the movements, and developing advanced Tai Chi techniques such as trigger force (fa jin) and mind control.

Tai Chi Push Hands is a two-person exercise that provides for the safe integration of Tai Chi forms and actual martial arts applications. In the "Ji Hong Tai Chi System", push hands training combines these fixed and moving step techniques from the Chen, Yang and Wu families of Tai Chi:

• Hand and foot techniques (the eight methods and five steps);
• Sensitivity and listening skills such as connecting, joining, sticking, following, and neither letting go nor resisting;
• Footwork focusing on maintaining the body’s equilibrium, weight distribution and power generation;
• Neutralizing an opponent’s incoming force (know one-self and know the opponent);
• Controlling an opponent’s structure and balance (neutralize, control, lock, throw).

San Shou training is for motivated students, interested in learning Tai Chi for free-sparring, fighting techniques following Tai Chi principles including grappling, Chin Na (joint locking techniques), kicking, punching, combined with speed, timing, reaction training and further developent of the intensity and quality of one's jin.


JI HONG TAI CHI (TORONTO)

1220 Ellesmere road, unit 9
Scarborough, Toronto, ON, M1P 2X5, Canada

Tel: 416.704.9288

Email: jhtcschool@gmail.com

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