Our holistic approach to Tai Chi emphasizes not just how to manage stress, but learning how to not create it.
Tai Chi Form
Beginners usually start with a simplified bare hand form that was developed by our teacher, Master Park, that is particularly appropriate for people that are just starting out and have limited time. It is also very useful for more experienced practitioners because it focuses on the essentials of form rather than extensive movement combinations.
After learning the Circle Form, students can begin to learn either the long style Chen form or Cheng Man Ch’ing’s 37 movement Yang form. Advanced students can also learn Sword and Spear forms.
Martial Applications and Push Hands
Martial arts applications practices and push hands practices are taught from the beginning. These are essential parts of Tai Chi practice that are often neglected. Understanding how Tai Chi principles apply to martial arts is really essential to fully understanding Tai Chi.
Although Tai Chi is usually considered a martial art, its principles are so fundamental that they can be applied equally well to healing as to self defense. Self massage is an integral part of the curriculum and can be a valuable method to progress in Tai Chi as well as a valuable tool for managing stress and relieving pain.
All of Tai Chi should really be considered meditation – it is meditation in motion. At the same time, silent meditation is an important and integral part of the Tai Chi study. We practice both standing (Wuji) and sitting meditation.
Our Tai Chi comes primarily from two lineages – the traditional, but rare Chen Xiaojia (small frame) style as taught by Master Chen Peishan and the Yang style of Master Cheng Man Ch’ing. Our teacher also studied Wu style for a number of years. Please see our lineage page for more information.
Wuwei Healing Arts is an official member of the International Society of Chen Taijiquan (ISCT).
Here is a short video of our teacher’s teacher, Master Chen Peishan, performing the Chen style barehand form that we practice:
Here is another video where Master Chen Peishan demonstrates some more explosive (fajin) movements:
The ISCT’s website has several other interesting videos that you can watch here.