Tai Chi Philosophy

Body & Mind

dao-doorThere are many ways in which we can work to keep ourselves healthy in body and mind and physical activities such as running, swimming, aerobics etc. can help us feel fresh, healthy and more energised, however the Chinese Internal Arts offer so much more than the mere physical rewards and, as more of us question the quality of our lives, we are looking for a sense of belonging and a feeling of being connected to something deeper.

Tai Chi Philosophy

The study of the various Chinese Internal Arts certainly requires constant repetition in the physical aspects of learning forms, routines, posturual awareness etc. However mindlessly practising without a sense of the philosophical aspects will certainly lessen the effectiveness of one’s training.

Much of what is practised in these arts is deeply rooted in Taoist philosophy, through works such as the Tao Te Ching and I Ching. The Tai Chi Classics contain all the the essential principles of the art whilst ongoing discussions continue with respect to the way the many styles are taught and practiced.

Some of the areas which have had an influence on Chinese Internal Arts include:

  • Taoism
  • Buddhism
  • Confucism

We will include material of interest to all levels from beginner to advanced practitioner. They will include:

Outlining the basic principles as applied to the arts.

Highlighting the key influential figures and their views.

Investigation of the key texts on the work.

We also welcome contributions from the tai chi community.

Also recommended on Tai Chi Philosophy

Taijiquan Classics