Basic principles apply to practicing all movements of TCC. We become more aware of and open to these principles as we practice and explore TCC. Like any learning, when you think you have learned something, you may find that yourself off course, needing to re-touch the basics, the underlying principles. That experience applies as much to TCC as it does to golf, cooking, selling, plumbing, healing, or any practice worth effort. A quick summary is shown below. Your TCC teacher will discuss these with you.
The simplicity of execution and the realization that something real and immediate is happening is what attracts students to training and regular practice. The short list of Features identifies some reasons why TCC is a great choice for those seeking the Benefits one can expect from regular practice.
Practices using posture, breath, and movement to affect Chi, the intrinsic energy in each of us, go back centuries and have been practiced by millions. “Chi Gong” practices (working with vital energy) include massage, acupuncture, meditations, various T'ai Chi forms.
The basic principles used in T’ai Chi Chih® are believed to have been practiced in India and China as early as the 6th century BCE, though related practices most likely pre-dated even this time period. Some forms of Tai Chi have been practiced in the same way for hundreds of years. The practice of T’ai Chi Chih® (TCC) as described on this web site originated in 1974 in Albuquerque, NM.
As we develop a practice of TCC, a key sign of progress is experienced in how one feels about the difference TCC makes in his life and the lives he touches. Experiencing a range of benefits impacting aspects of character (mental, physcial, emotional and spiritual), you will sense when you are "making progress". You will feel it in your TCC practice, but more importantly, you will feel it in your life.