History

Chen Style Tai Chi

tai-chi-chuancolorTai Chi not only has  a unique appearance, but also the unique requirement of internal practice. So, when people practice Tai Chi, they must first use mind rather than force. Mind and Qi movements are inside our body. Spirit and power movement are outside. Chen style has a special force, named Chansijin Silk Reeling.  As Tai Chi classic texts say: “When one part moves, all others will move together”; “Mind coordinates with body”.

When you do Tai Chi, firstly, change stiff into soft, then, make soft to hard. Soft and hard, hard and soft, this is Tai Chi.” Here, we can understand that Tai Chi is an exercise that makes stiffness or rigidity go away through practice. Then, change the real soft into hard. Always remember Yin and Yang—Soft is Yin and Hard is Yang.

tai-chi-renoChen style Tai Chi is the original style of Tai Chi, it emphasizes not only health benefits, but also a distinctive form of self-defense. In the beginning, Tai Chi was developed foremost for self-defense and not for health only.

Chen style Tai Chi will help you to understand the soft force, understand the importance of keeping dynamic balance in combat, train the whole body in order to have the special Tai Chi force, which enable us to conquer the hard force with soft force.

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The Fundamentals of Shotokan

 

There are three components to Shotokan karate training: kihon, kata, and kumite.

Kata 
The kata are formal exercises which combine basic karate techniques — blocking, punching, striking, and kicking — into a series of predetermined movements. Kata combines offensive and defensive techniques, proper body movement, and changes in direction. The kata teach the karateka to dispose of numerous attackers from at least four directions. Although the kata do not involve visible opponents, katathe karateka, through serious study of the kata, learns the art of self-defense and the ability to calmly and efficiently deal with dangerous situations. For these reasons, the kata have been the core of karate training since ancient times.

 

Kihon 
Kihon is the practice of fundamental techniques: blocking, punching, striking, and kicking. These techniques are the beginning and end of karate — a karateka (practitioner kihonof karate) may learn them in a matter of months, yet fail to master them after a life’s worth of training. Hence, basic techniques demand regular practice, applied with as much concentration and effort as possible.

 

Kumite 
Kata and kumite are complementary training methods. In kata, one learns basic techniques; in kumite, one applies them with a sparring partner. Tkumitehe principles of kihon still apply to kumite: the karateka must apply proper karate techniques, demonstrate
correct power and speed, and, above all, exercise good control. One must remember that, while kumite is a useful application of the fundamentals learned through kata, it is not a substitute for kata.

 

Enter Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan means “Grand Ultimate Boxing”. It is a fighting style that uses the philosophy of the grand ultimate, or Tai Chi the Yin Yang symbol. It is based on duality. This ancient Taoist martial art in the beginning stages uses slow, flowing movements to develop relaxation, leg strength, and inner power chi/qi. Tai Chi Chuan is an introspective tai-chi2art that makes you spiritually and physically aware, improving your physical and mental balance. This form eventually develops into a superior fighting art that loses preconception and exists in the now. One reacts fluidly with speed and agility, being able to adapt to any situation.

The orthodox internal martial arts, namely Xing Yi Quan, Tai Chi Chuan and Ba Gua Zhang , have all incorporated Taoist techniques of breathing, meditation and medical theory into their methods of power, development nei kung and fighting movements. Although the resultant arts are superior as systems of health cultivation and physical development, health was not the primary concern of the developers of these styles. The primary focus of any martial art is, by definition, martial. The wedding of Taoist practices and martial technique came about because the masters felt movement in accordance with natural principles performed in a meditative state of mind was the quickest way of realizing the goal of absolute potential as a martial artist fighter.

The basic postural requirements for Tai Chi Chuan practice (head floating up, shoulders sunk, chest lifted) are the physical prerequisites of unified body power. As in the other internal styles, the student begins by standing in static postures for a considerable length of time to cultivate the body’s peng jing body before singular postures are practiced and mastered one at a time. Single technique practice and issuing power are practiced until all the various postures of Tai Chi Chuan can be executed with whole body power. Finally, the student is taught to link the postures into a continuous sequence that trains sensitivity to postural changes and the ability to flow from one technique to the next without disconnecting the body. One of the fundamental reasons most Tai Chi Chuan forms are practiced slowly is ‘so the student can constantly adjust and monitor the body to make sure it is always moving in a unit. This is much easier to feel moving slowly than quickly.

Eventually, the student develops the body into a strong, supple unit which allows the frame to act as a spring against the ground enabling the boxer to absorb incoming energy and rebound it into the opponent This type of power is impossible unless the body is always maintained in a unit, just as a spring is one continuous thread of steel

tai-chi-chuancolorThe major difference between the internal and external martial arts is in how they are applied to a live opponent, as well as the various methods of training martial application. The students of both schools first develop their power, balance, feeling and body mechanics from solo training. The next step is to bridge the gap between form and function. This type of training will be determined mainly by a particular school’s theories of combat. The internal schools stress sticking to, following and going with the opponent’s power, borrowing energy, the avoidance of force against force directly, and the issuing of power only after one has “the right opportunity and advantageous position.” External styles vary greatly in theory (some following principles almost identical to the internal), but in general, whereas an external stylist may punch through his opponent’s defenses, the internal stylist never fully issues his power until he has the opponent in an unbalanced position either physically or spatially.

Most internal styles also have some variation of “push hands” practice. The primary purpose of pushing bands is to develop “listening energy” (ting jing) or become sensitive to outside pressure from the opponent in relation to one’s own balance. Finally, both internal and external martial artists practice footwork drills, repeated single-technique practice, issuing power on a live opponent, and eventually free sparring to develop practical fighting skill.

Shotokan Karate

Karate means “empty hand”, and Karate-do translates to “the way of Karate”.  Shotokan Karate is a weaponless martial art that is founded on the basic techniques of punching, funakoshi01striking, kicking and blocking, yet there is a deeper aspect to serious Karate training which deals with character development.  Shotokan Karate is a way for an individual to realize greater potential and expand the limits of that individual’s physical and mental capabilities.  Karate in an excellent, time-proven method of personal development.  Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese Martial Art founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi.  Shotokan Karate remains firmly rooted in a strong martial arts tradition, emphasizing lifetime training for a healthy mind and body, rather than strictly as a sport.

Who can benefit from Shotokan Karate?

Everyone! Even if you feel you are overweight, uncoordinated, inflexible, or lacking self confidence or self discipline, you may have the most to gain by training.
shotokanOf course results should not be expected overnight, but if you train on a regular basis and stay with it, you will begin to see improvement.  Nothing of real value is ever obtained with ease.  All kinds of people benefit from Karate training.  Men, women and children can be found at our dojo.