YELLOW DRAGON TAI CHI CHUAN

SUPREME ULTIMATE BOXING

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.

 

TAI CHI CHUAN

Tai Chi Chuan means "Supreme Ultimate Boxing". It is a set of exercises developed by Chang San Fung in 960 - 1126 A.D to bring the body, mind & spirit together. He incorporated a system of deep breathing with the Shaolin techniques of Marrow Washing & Sinew Changing based on Taoist principles. He developed a style beneficial to health and which could protect a practitioner in combat. However the real purpose of Tai Chi was to achieve enlightenment.

Tai Chi Form

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:

Soft Style Chi Gung -which can be used for health and to cure illness.Examples include Tai Chi, Five Animals and 100 Day Chi-Gung.

Hard Style Chi Gung -can be used in the Tai Chi and Kung Fu. Examples include Iron Shirt, Iron Palm & Iron Head etc.
 
Advanced Chi Gung -develops the Chi, so that it can leave the body and can be used to cure illnesses as well as for martial arts applications. This is the highest level of Tai Chi Combat
 
 
 Tai Chi is equally suitable for men and women

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.

Tai Chi also involves the use of weapons such as sword and staff

SELF DEFENCE ASPECTS OF TAI CHI CHUAN

Tai Chi translates as Supreme Ultimate Fist in English. This aspect of Tai Chi is ignored by many teachers and misunderstood by many more.

Tai Chi Chuan is an internal style of Kung Fu, relying on internal power or chi, combined with relaxed body movements and weaknesses in an attackers anatomy to create a highly effective martial art. Due to this Tai Chi is equally effective for men or women.

The fighting application of Tai Chi is to yield under force neutralising the attacker's energy, then counter attack using an unyielding force of great power & speed.

The most advanced purpose of Tai Chi is to use it for cultivation to achieve enlightenment, something very few Masters teach or know how to do.

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.

 

 TAI CHI CHUAN HOME STUDY COURSE

We have just introduced our Tai Chi Chuan Home Study Course, designed for those who live too far away or do not have the time to attend all Tai Chi classes personally. The course is in digital format including text and photos and will be uploaded to your own computer in stages. This offers you the opportunity to learn the secrets of Yellow Dragon Tai Chi from the comfort of your own home!

We provide a full backup service, so if you have any question you can write to, email or phone Master Wong. You can also visit us at any time during the course for personal Tai Chi training to compliment what you are learning on the Tai Chi Chuan home study course.

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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.

 AGE LIMITS FOR THE TAI CHI COURSE

To start learning Tai Chi

 Over 10 years old

No Upper Age Limit - Male & Female - Everyone Welcome

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