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T’ai Ji Chuan is an ancient and highly effective form of Chinese martial combat. Through proper footwork, balance, and posture, t’ai ji chuan practitioners can transfer energy effectively, allowing them to use an opponent’s energy while simultaneously minimizing their own expenditure. Martial artists practice slowly in order to mindfully police their form so that it is perfect when needed at combat speed. The movements of t’ai ji chuan are so efficient that slow, controlled practice combined with proper breathing actually moves one’s energy effectively through the body’s meridians, promoting health, strength, and flexibility. This efficient transfer of energy reduces stress on both the body and mind. T’ai ji chuan principles apply globally to walking, martial application, bodywork, or any other activity for which economy of motion and efficiency of effort is desired. Apart from its highly effective martial applications, T'ai Ji Chuan has another, equally effective purpose. Because it is based on the principles of yin and yang, as well as the five element theory, proper practice can move chi energy in the same manner as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In fact, historically the best Chinese martial artists were also renowned doctors who could utilize their profound knowledge of medicine to inflict terrible damage to an enemy through special combination strikes to meridian points. This type of advanced combat was only known to masters who had an advanced understanding of TCM. Because of the inherent duality of T'ai Ji Chuan, it is sometimes known by advanced practitioners as the ancient art of life (medical) and death (martial). Every acupoint has an equal potential for damage as it does for healing. This is the yin/yang aspect of T'ai Chi Chuan and the reason that ancient doctors of TCM were such powerful opponents. It has been argued, effectively, that without this medical/martial duality acupoints wouldn't work. To learn more about this ancient art, please call TMT at (323) 505-8802