Some days ago, I wanted to find out how many people practice Tai Chi (Taijiquan). And I stumbled across a sentence in this article:
“It is estimated that Tai Chi has the largest group of practitioners in the world as a form of exercise.”
Say WHAT??? So far, everyone I talked to, told me that there are so few people doing Taijiquan. And that Yoga dominates everything. As the article is from 2008, I thought maybe it is outdated. I mean, the Yoga trend has clearly picked up some traction since then.
Recently I went to a workshop with Chen Bin, son of Chen Zhenglei. It was about the Chen style basics, so we did a lot of pole standing (Zhan Zhuang), Silk Reeling exercises (Chan Si Gong) and footwork.
And of course, Chen Bin talked to us about various other topics. At one point he talked about how important it is to not only go to class, but to practice for oneself, too. That class is to LEARN something, but it is necessary to PRACTICE it, too. He gave a really good example of that:
Do you know this feeling when you meet a Chinese Taijiquan master and you wonder how to pronounce Taijiquan correctly? Without embarassing yourself in front of a Chinese native speaker?
I got you covered! Continue reading and find out how to say Taijiquan.
Are you one of the women who wonder if you can practice Qi Gong and Taijiquan/Tai Chi during pregnancy? Even though I cannot give you any medical advice, I am a mother of two wonderful children. And I would love to share my own personal story about doing Qi Gong and Tai Chi during pregnancy.
When I wanted to learn Tai Chi more than a decade ago, I started searching for Tai Chi classes. And I was confused. Because I noticed that people talked not only about Tai Chi, but also about Tai Chi Chuan and Taijiquan. And I wondered: what is Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan or Tai Chi or Taiji?