Mar 31st, 2015 Master Wang Kaiyuan from Shanghai Hunyuan Tai Chi was invited to Shanghai New York University to do a presentation about Tai Chi. Master Wang are welcomed warmly and hundrends of students come to listen, they are not only learn Tai Chi Culture & theory , they also learn a little Tai Chi Basic skills at the lecture. They are looking forward to learning more...
I am Tai Chi Coach Wang from Shanghai Tai Chi Centre...
I am very happy to be here and it is my honor to do this
presentation in shanghai NY University...Thanks very much
for the invitation from Simone and Chelina and Linlin’s help....
I hope after my presentation u can learn something about Chinese Tai Chi——the history, the taichi story or the theory of taichi ... Last night I get nervous
and difficult to fall asleep because I am worried that all of u will fall asleep today
when I am speaking... so please pretend to be awake even you feel a little boring :) ...
Just kidding ... I hope What I said today can make you get interested in Chinese Tai Chi
——the most important part of Chinese Traditional Culture ...
For getting you attention before I start I will share a tai chi movie with you ...
Tai Chi, or Taijiquan in Chinese, is an outstanding gem of traditional
Chinese culture that is valuable in promoting health, developing combat
and self-defence skills, and improving concentration and overall
well-being. Although it is a branch of the Chinese martial arts (Wushu),
it has also been practiced for general health and fitness
purposes since the 16th Century. Health benefits are derived
from the Tai Chi's slow and gentle movements which enable harmony
in mind and body, improved mobility, suppleness and mental alertness.
The benefits of Tai Chi are well recognized by practitioners of
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) who are frequently Tai Chi instructors
themselves and recommend the art as the of TCM. Anyone no matter how old
r u or what level of fitness u r can practice and benefit from Tai Chi.
Loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes should be worn to classes.
There are many different forms of Tai Chi with the main styles being Chen,
Yang, Sun, Wu, Woo and Dong Yue. While each style has its own characteristics,
the principles remain the same. The Yang style is the one you have probably
seen being practiced in the park. Chen Style always show up in the movie.
Many people are fascinated with the mystical taiji (Tai Chi)
legend of the Taoist monk, Zhang Sanfeng, who allegedly invented
taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) through dreaming about or observing a
fight between a snake and a crane in Wudang Mountains. Although
there were historical implications and various circumstantial
factors involved in the popularity of the Zhang Sanfeng legend,
it is, for the most part, human nature to enjoy and believe in
legendary stories. As filmmakers continue to make films with
this half-legendary and half-fictional character, Zhang Sanfeng, based on
the stories written by famous Chinese martial arts
novelists such as Jing Yong, this legend will continue
to live for centuries. People always enjoy passing on
this kind of legendary story to future generations like
the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood.
Tai Chi Zhang Sanfeng Movie ——Chen Style Tai Chi , very gentle and fluent like water.
After years of research and study of historical documents
by Taiji practitioners and scholars, it is now believed
that most of the major styles of Taijiquan currently
practiced (e.g., Chen, Yang, Wu as in Wu Yuxiang, Wu as
in Wu Jianquan, Sun) were all derived, directly or indirectly,
from Chen Family Taijiquan. Their origins can be traced back to
a small village located in Henan, China, with the name Chenjiagou,
literally, Chen Family Ditch.
Chen Wangting陈王廷 (1600—1680), a warrior, a scholar, and a ninth generation ancestor of the Chen family,
invented Taijiquan after a lifetime of researching, developing, and experiencing
martial arts. A born warrior and a master of martial arts, Chen Wangting served
the Ming Dynasty in its war against the succeeding Qing Dynasty. Because of the
political turbulence, natural disasters, and human calamities during his time,
Chen Wangting's ambition was not fulfilled.
In his old age, Chen Wangting retired from public life and
created a martial arts system based on his family martial
arts inheritance, his own war experiences, and his knowledge
of various contemporary martial arts styles. In his creation
of Taijiquan, Chen Wangting combined the study of Yi Jing（易经）, (i.e., “Scriptures of Changes”), Chinese medicine, theories of yin yang （阴阳）(i.e., the two opposing yet reciprocal energies generated from Taiji, expressed
in taijiquan as the hardness vs. the softness, the substantial vs. the insubstantial, etc.),
the five elements (i.e., metal, wood, water, fire, earth), the study and theory of Jingluo（经络） (i.e., meridian circulation channels along which the acupressure points are located),
and methods of Daoyin（导引） (i.e., channeling and leading internal energy) and Tuna（吐纳） (i.e., deep breathing exercises).
Chen Changxing 陈长兴 (1771-1853), the 14th generation Chen patriarch, was
the first to teach Chen Taijiquan to
an outsider, Yang Luchan (1799-1872). Vowing to his master to never teach
Taijiquan to the public or use its name,
Yang was finally taught the Chen family martial art. He later traveled to Beijing
and became known as "Yang the Invincible." True to his oath, Yang formulated
his own Taijiquan form based on Chen Family Taijiquan's first form (Lao Jia Yi Lu)
and became the founder of Yang Taijiquan.