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Tai Chi 13 Postures – A Quick Guide

When it comes to the fundamental practices of Tai Chi, it all comes back the the 13 postures. The Tai Chi 13 postures consist of 8 forces, or "expressions of energy", and 5 steps, or "directions of movement". The first 4 energies are thought of as...

How to Earn a Tai Chi Certificate

How to Earn a Tai Chi Certificate

Tai Chi is a form of martial art that takes years to learn. But once you have learned about the art, you may want to take things one step further and earn a Tai Chi certificate. In order to earn Tai Chi certification, you must first become a student of Tai Chi...

The “eight powers” of Tai Chi Chuan

The animation presented below is meant to illustrate the eight ways of power to be demonstrated in Tai Chi. In Chinese, these are called the 'ba men' or "8 gates.' Here, I've attempted to show these 8 different styles that make up 8 of the '13 Postures' of tai chi...

The History of Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi is a form of martial arts which roots are entrenched deeply within Chinese history. When translated, the term Tai Chi Chuan stands for the "supreme ultimate fist". It can also be translated to "great extremes boxing", "boundless...

Tai Chi Lessons – Getting Started

Considering taking up Tai Chi? If so, you are making a great decision. There are many benefits that come along with Tai Chi and Tai Chi lessons. Not only is Tai Chi great for your health, but it is also teaches you to cope with stress and to defend yourself in...

Tai Chi for Beginners

Tai Chi is an art form that has been learned for many years. But what exactly is Tai Chi? What benefits does it hold? And what are the different styles? Let's take a look in this Tai Chi guide for beginners. What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi is a form of movement. It is often...

Those who know

  There is a quote attributed to Lao Tzu, in the 6th century BCE, it says: “Those who know don’t say, and those who say don’t know.”   Ignoring the paradox that this statement presents (as Lao Tzu was clearly 'saying'), I asked Gene Walder of TCSociety......

Move-To-Live Event at Equinox South Bay 9-23-2012

TCSociety.com is proud to sponsor and participate in the MOVE-TO-LIVE event on Sunday September 23, 2012. Here is what event co-coordinator John Kim has to say about this special event: Exercise is not just about gaining muscles or losing weight anymore but it's about...

Another Computer Generated Tai Chi Demo

Below is a version of the Carnegie-Mellon Tai Chi form applied to two separate virtual characters. The motion has not been cleaned, but the concept is there. You can see our "black and white" character performing the set, and the inset is a take on the Super-Goku...

Names of Tai Chi Forms in English and Chinese

~ Below are the text version of the three sections of the TCSociety Yang classic form. They are listed in Traditional Chinese characters, Pinyin pronunciation, and English. Special thanks to Caroline Pan for her help in the translation and compilation of these PDF...