To give it its full name Taijichuan (Tai Chi Chuan), is a way of exercise for health, a form of meditation in movement, a martial art and a means of personal development. The aim of Dragon Spring Taiji is to teach the relevance of Taiji in today's society, how to deal with life's pressures in a non aggressive way using awareness and creating a deeper connection with yourself.
The gentle nature of Taiji makes it suitable for all, whatever your age or state of fitness (or unfitness)
There are three general levels of development (Body, Mind and Sprit), and each of the forms (sequence of movement) has a specific focus of one or more of these; for an example, Short Form (where you start as a beginner) focuses on the body. Long Form focuses on the mind (intension). Weapons focus on the spirit (spirit of vitality/ aliveness).
Another way of describing these would be:
Mind-listening to what is required
Spirit-the ability to take appropriate action
Taiji Solo Forms
47 Step form, Dr. Qi Jiangtao sequence, (Chen Man Ching Short Form)
Long Form Chen man Ching Yang Style
Longquan Fan Form
Longquan Sword Form
Longquan Cane Form
To find out more about Taiji, email Susanne Lin Jensen
Bowing at the end of a practise session.
Students are encouraged to bow at the end of classes. The bow is not to the teacher or other students but aimed towards yourself to honour the time and effort you have given to your own health and well-being. Please see link below to an article about bowing which succinctly describes the feelings evoked by this simple act.
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This hand gesture as seen above is a Taiji Salut.
You make a fist with right hand and wrap left hand around it. The left hand is yang, represents mind , intellect. The right hand is yin and represents body, physical power. Left hand over right means brains over brawn.
Due to a health scare, I started Taiji with Susanne some 5 years past. Taiji techniques and principles allowed me to adjust my life style and manage stress in a positive manner resulting in making me calmer and happier in my daily life.