Principles of T'ai Chi Chih®

Understanding and using some basic principles when practicing T'ai Chi Chih (TCC) will increase your enjoyment and heighten the benefits experienced.

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History of T'ai Chi Chih®

Tai Chi developed in India around the 6th century BCE, and spread to China.  Today, some Tai Chi forms that have been practiced in the same way for over a 1,000 years. T'ai Chi Chih® originated in 1974 and uses movement, breath, and posture to impact the energy in our bodies.

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Student Comments

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  • I think it is good for seniors.  It encourages us to be positive and practical about we can accomplish and it brings togetherness…gives us more confidence. – Al
  • It’s fun.  Lots of happy ions! – Jill
  • Thank you so much; it is one of the nicest presents that I ever got, that of relaxation and taking better care of myself. - Michaela

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  • T’ai Chi Chih has offered a wonderful form of relaxation and movement.  I have watched students progress from clumsy and jerky movements to balanced and graceful movements within a few sessions.  And I love it too!  -- CT
  • …have found it to be very pleasant and rewarding in that it has a tendency to reduce the stress in my everyday life.  I feel this is very important at this time in view of the anxiety we all feel due to the current events at this time in our national history. – Capt. L J G (retired)

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What is T'ai Chi Chih®?

T’ai Chi Chih® (TCC) is a gentle discipline based on ancient principles capable of bringing peace and serenity to those practicing regularly.  T’ai Chi Chih® consists of 19 movements and 1 posture which circulate and balance Chi, the intrinsic energy within each of us, to quiet the mind, balance our emotions and increase our energy.

T’ai Chi Chih® is not a martial art; it is not related to any form of violence.  Movements are practiced slowly, gently, with no physical contact with others.

Originated in 1974 by American T'ai Chi Master, Justin Stone, in Albuquerque, NM, T’ai Chi Chih® is taught worldwide by a network of accredited teachers.  The T'ai Chi Chih® Association's board of directors and the Guide of T'ai Chi Chih® continue to guide and support the teaching community.  Justin Stone wrote, “the circulation and balancing of the Chi is the great secret of life”, and encourages all of us to “practice, practice, practice.”  Mr. Stone lived into his 90s and passed away peacefully on March 28, 2012 in Albuquerque.  He speaks to the TCC community through his writings in the Vital Force, The T’ai Chi Chih News, and through books and recordings on meditation, T’ai Chi Chih®, and personal philosophy.

In Spiritual Odyssey, he wrote:  “T’ai Chi Chih® becomes a way of life.  It is true that the gentle movements of T’ai Chi Chih® form a moving meditation and an exercise of great efficiency – exercising the inner organs and promoting healing – but eventually it goes beyond these and permeates the life-style of the practitioner.  We do not all see the same world, which is a reflection of ourselves.  With the accumulation of Chi (Vital Force) through T’ai Chi Chih practice, permanent changes in the metabolism and the thinking process take place and renewed energy conditions the whole way of life….Joy becomes our natural heritage”.   

TCC can be learned and practiced well enough by most people to begin experiencing benefits in a fairly short time.  It is also a practice that you can spend a lifetime practicing and exploring.

Entirely portable, one can practice T’ai Chi Chih® almost anywhere.  TCC requires no special clothing or equipment.  TCC requires some physical effort (though the effort of no effort is emphasized), an open mind, and an interest in improving life for yourself and others.

T’ai Chi Chih® is referred to as Joy Through Movement within the TCC community.   As you learn and practice TCC, you will come to understand why.  TCC is easy and relaxing to do and it seems the whole world could benefit from its practice.  We begin changing the world by bringing inner peace to our world, our initial sphere of influence.

 

Mission

I can reach a handful of people each month through my personal instruction.  Use of the Internet will expose more people to the practice and potential benefits of T’ai Chi Chih, especially those without immediate or convenient access to an accredited TCC teacher.  As students engage in personal practice and establish connections with accredited TCC teachers, the site will serve its most important purpose.

Goals

  1. Spread interest of T’ai Chi Chih within central NC and advertise local training events.
  2. Raise interest in T’ai Chi Chih with people outside the local area.
  3. Provide a learning resource for students anywhere access to Internet is available.
  4. Encourage students to connect with accredited TCC teachers to deepen and improve their practice.
  5. Enable me and other TCC teachers to teach more often and to more people.
  6. Serve as a source for information, perspective, active learning.