YELLOW DRAGON TAI CHI CHUAN
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INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI CHUAN
This is an introduction to Tai Chi Chuan - the most famous, beneficial and effective of all the internal styles of Kung Fu. Tai Chi is extremely beneficial to your health, will harmonise your mind & body and is an effective system of self defence that does not rely on brute force, but on the internal energy known as Chi. Tai Chi Chuan is therefore equally effective for men and women.
Most Tai Chi Masters now break down Tai Chi into its component parts for health and exercise, forgetting its origins.
This corruption of the art of Tai Chi Chuan began in the Ching Dynasty, when many Tai Chi Masters stopped teaching the fighting side of Tai Chi in light of weapons advances around this period and saw the health aspects as being more beneficial to the tai chi practitioners. Unfortunately, a little knowledge or an incomplete style can be a dangerous thing especially in tai chi. This philosophy carries through all martial arts. It is now very rare to find a Master teaching Tai Chi Chuan for fighting and virtually unheard of to find a Tai Chi Master who combines the additional element of spiritual cultivation into the Tai Chi syllabus. Sifu Simon Wong is such a Tai Chi Master.
CHI-GUNG & TAI CHI
Tai Chi training is combined with Chi Gung for the development of internal power. Chi Gung is an ancient system of deep breathing exercises. Its history can be traced back over 3000 years to ancient China.
Chi Gung exercises can be divided into 3 distinct types: Stationary Chi Gung ( Like meditation... ) , moving Chi-Gung ( Like Tai Chi...) and both combined (100 day Chi gung...)
These can further be divided into three levels:
TAI CHI MASTER - SIFU SIMON WONG
Sifu Simon Wong holds a 7th Degree Black Sash with the AMA and is the founder of Yellow Dragon Fist Kung Fu; a 7th Generation Master of Bamboo Forest Temple Mantis Kung Fu and the U.K. representative of 100 Day Chi Gung. He is also the founder of the Rainbow Chi Gung Institute. He has also mastered both the Small & Large Circle styles of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. and studied Wing Chun, Pak Mei & Hung Gar. Sifu Simon Wong has been studying the Martial Arts and Chi Gung for over 25 years and has been teaching this knowledge to people for over 15 years.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TAI CHI CHUAN
The slow rhythmic movements of the Tai Chi forms have great health benefits for both the mind & body. The movements of Tai Chi Chuan are in fact a form of soft Chi Gung and has been proven under scientific scrutiny to alleviate many common disorders: physical, emotional and mental.
SMALL AND LARGE CIRCLE YANG STYLE TAI CHI
In Yellow Dragon Tai Chi we use Small & Large Circle Yang Style Tai Chi. The Large circle style of Tai Chi mainly promotes health, relaxation & soft chi, which later leads to Fa Jing - discharging energy - the secret of Yang style. The small circle Tai Chi is one of the most advanced combat systems known today and is known by very few people. It utilises small compact external movements but with maximum power generated internally.
SPIRITUAL CULTIVATION & TAI CHI
The ultimate goal of Tai Chi is spiritual development and achieving enlightenment. This is done in various stages, the first stage of which is to develop the semen or Jing. In the second stage internal fire is developed which burns the semen to create energy or Chi. Next the Chi is transformed into Spirit or Shen. Finally the spirit merges with emptiness or Wu to achieve enlightenment. From emptiness comes the wisdom to understand cause and effect of the whole universe. Yellow Dragon Tai Chi uses the most advanced methods of spiritual cultivation, concentrating on internal power and meditation, offering the fastest path to spiritual awakening. Sifu Wong has achieved a high level of cultivation - understanding emptiness and teachs Western people in this county to whom many of the esoteric practices were previously inaccessible. Tai Chi training will also include how to attack & defend yourself spiritually.
Some of the information on this page is extracted from a series of articles included in "COMBAT' Martial Arts magazine, British edition November 1988, July 1990 and January 1992.
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