Tai Chi employs a few special words from Chinese language. Here is a glossary on Tai Chi main terms.
Category Tai Chi Theory
Articles about theory, explaining key concepts to make your leaning effective: Taoist influence, Yin-Yang, postural stability, and how to apply these ideas in your practice.
Tai Chi, or Taijiquan ?
The most used transliteration system used to be Wade-Gilles, and it wrote Tai Chi Chuan. In 1979 the Chinese government adopted Pinyin.
Historical Origin of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)
Tai Chi Chuan was systematized by Chen Wangting, a military commander in the district of Wen (Wenxian), China, in the 17th century.
Taoist influence on Taijiquan (Tai Chi)
Presence of Taoist ideas in Taijiquan is source of controversy. Chen Wangting received influence from Taoism, but Tai Chi was certainly created ...
Yin and Yang in Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)
Nature is described as resulting from interaction of two forces, Yin and Yang, with four basic characteristics that every Tai Chi student should ...
Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and Acupuncture
Tai Chi is in accordance with Acupuncture theory. Outside and extremities are Yang, inside and center is Yin. The body is linked by Three ...
Qigong or Chi Kung and Tai Chi
Qigong (Chi Kung) applies to any exercise influencing the circulation of vital breath or energy in the human body. Tai Chi practice includes Qigong.
Tai Chi Chuan Principles, didactics, teaching, and method
A clear map of how Tai Chi is taught is needed for learning efficiency. Principles are the basic rules that guide our practice.
The role of relaxation in Tai Chi Chuan
When coupled with correct posture, relaxation will result in natural distribution of power, which is the best possible one. This is the goal in ...
Body Posture in Tai Chi
Good transmission of power in Tai Chi is dependent on good alignment and precise movement of the joints. Tai Chi optimizes existing connections ...
Standing Meditation: Tai Chi’s Neigong
Meditation is a natural state of human mind. Through posture corrections and knowledge, Tai Chi can help you naturally reclaim it.
Silk Reeling Qigong (Chi Kung) in Tai Chi
Tai Chi in one way is Chi Kung (Qigong), because we try to make Qi flow in the whole body. Silk Reeling is the pinnacle of Tai Chi.
Geometric Instructions in Tai Chi
Relying on geometric instructions for Tai Chi practice is a mistake. Bone shape varies greatly in people. How to be sure of the precision of a ...
Qi in Tai Chi
The concept of Qi, central in Tai Chi, is fundamental to many aspects of Chinese culture, but it is still surprisingly misunderstood in the west.
Microcosmic Orbit in Tai Chi
Microcosmic Orbit is a Qigong and meditative practice also known as: Divine Sky Circulation, Neidan, Small Heavenly Circulation. The actual ...
Hip positioning in Tai Chi
Hip positioning in Tai Chi practice is one of the most important points to be understood by those starting their learning.
Shape of the Spine in Tai Chi
The fundamental organizing principle in Tai Chi is naturalness. Physiology and natural shape of the spine must be respected.