The Fundamentals . 基本理念

The basis of Taiji Quan 太极拳falls on the Taiji Philosophy 太极哲学which emphasizes on the presence and balance of two kinds of energies, one positive and other negative in nature, that flow within an individual – Yin and Yang (阴和阳).

Absolute well-being comes about when one has complete control over the mind and body. This could be achieved in the process of learning and mastering ways of directing the counter-acting energies from within through the execution of routines within ambits of the oriental-styled internal martial arts.

Taiji 太极 is not commonly associated with lightning fast moves but rather, characterized by slow and precise movements coordinated by one’s breathing. At Risen Wushu, variations of Taiji Quan 太极拳 are introduced to facilitate and enhance learning of its students while preserving three critical elements of the oriental-styled internal martial arts, mainly:

  • Qi Gong 气功– Various static movements that help students learn to feel their internal energy.
  • The Form 形 – The form is a rhythmic sequence of movements that give more control over the body.
  • Tui Shou 推手 – A partner exercise that two people perform in coordination with each other.

Health and Taichi .  健康太极合二为一

In the world of martial arts, Taiji Quan 太极拳is considered one of the most effective techniques to improve one’s well-being and to nurture his/her strengths. On a different angle, the oriental-styled internal martial arts can serve as a complementary sport to provide additional health benefits to the individual in our present busy cosmopolitan lifestyles.

With a high requirement of mind and body coordination in Taiji Quan 太极拳 techniques, impacts on the individual’s physical and psychological health are unparalleled. Studies conducted by several medical institutes, including Harvard Medical School, have shown that the sport can offer a wide array of health benefits, though not limited to, as follows:

  • Improvement of muscular strength
  • Enhancement of balance and coordination
  • Increased flexibility
  • Lowered stress and anxiety level
  • Better mood and temperament
  • Augmenting creative abilities
  • Development of cognitive functions
  • Elimination of sleep disorders

  • On average, a person may burn around 150 calories in a single Taiji 太极 class. Therefore, weight loss may seem as the most appealing reasons for one to take up the sport as an alternative to yoga or other strenuous activities.