Tai Chi is a slow-motion, moving meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self-defense. Originally from China, Tai Chi has gained enormous popularity in America, Europe and throughout the rest of the world for its health benefits.
It's inexpensive and can be practiced almost anywhere. The movements are slow and gentle, and the degree of exertion can be easily adjusted, making it suitable for people of all levels of ability.
Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it is easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.
Tai Chi was originally a deadly art, guarded by a few families and used for self defense. Today we may use Tai Chi to "fight" the enemy of fatigue, stress, overwork or lack of understanding of oneself and one's body. T'ai Chi was designed to increase one's longevity. Daily practice of Tai Chi promotes mental clarity and a healthy body, assists with balance and helps the circulation of the blood. Tai chi is also a vehicle for the realization of surpassing beauty.
Indishe Senanayake with Master Liu Yong
The ancient Chinese proposed that all living things are sustained by an energy force called Qi (Chi: ‘Ki’ in Japanese, ‘Prana’ in Sanskrit) that flows through invisible meridians in the body. Yin and Yang are the complete polars opposite of each other: the softer, more pliant and yielding, more feminine and more negative aspects in anything are viewed as Yin while the more masculine, harder, more rigid and more positive aspects are seen as Yang. Both sides complement each other completely and together form a perfect whole.
Every movement practiced in a Tai Chi form has an application for self-defense. If the self-defense and the health benefits are separated out, then that is like trying to separate yin from yang. The Tao Te Ching states that "Yin alone cannot survive, yang alone cannot grow..."
For correct Tai Chi you need to "relax and turn the body". When we are young our bodies are very relaxed but as we age we become stiffer. When the body is relaxed we can make circular movements because the Qi (Chi) is spiraling around the body. Tai Chi needs "Turn Body" because this turning changes from Yang to Yin. Turning the body creates circles. If the body does not turn correctly the movements become a line instead of a circle.
The circle movement "massages" the internal organs, making the body healthy. Continued practice builds up the Qi.
Indishe Senanayake practicing push hands (tuishou) with Master Liu Yong
Things which are perfectly balanced and in harmony will be at peace, which leads naturally to longevity. Half of certain organs and meridians are governed by Yin and the other half by Yang. Qi circulates around the body to maintain the balance of yin and yang. The type of illness that develops depends on which meridian is suffering from an imbalance. The ultimate purpose of Tai Chi was to strengthen Qi and maintain its smooth flow, thus Tai Chi can prevent as well as cure some illness.
Because the movements are performed in a slow relaxed manner, they are suitable for everyone. Although Tai Chi originated in China, it is now an International Art, practiced all over the World. Tai Chi is practiced by busy company executives, doctors, school children, university students, etc. for its proven health benefits.
The unique feature of Tai Chi is that it is internal. Internal means building the inner strength from inside of the body. Placing emphasis on cultivating Qi, the life force; mental strength and tranquility of the mind. Combining both internal and external training, Tai Chi becomes a powerfully holistic approach to better health.
CHEN STYLE TAI CHI
There is documented proof that Chen Style Tai Chi
Chuan was developed in Chenjiagou, Henan and handed down through the generations of
the Chen family to the current generation.
Myths supporting the idea that Tai Chi was created by Zhang San Feng have no
historical substance to support them. Whilst the true origin of Tai Chi Chuan
may not be clear, we do know that all the major styles of Tai Chi have evolved
from the Chen Form.
The origins of Yang Style, Wu Style, Hao Style or Sun Style lies in the Chen Style of Tai Chi.
Every movement practised in a Tai Chi form has an application for self-defence. If
the self-defence and the health benefits are seperated out, then that is like trying
to seperate yin from yang. The Tao Te Ching states that "Yin alone cannot survive,
yang alone cannot grow..."
MASTER LIU YONG & CHEN STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN MAN LIAN CLUB SRI LANKA
Master Liu Yong was born in 1966 and lives in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China as the son of a famous Chinese medicine family.
His interest in Martial Arts began when he was young and his parents encouraged
him to study Shaolin Quan. On leaving school he joined the Military Police, where he became a Wushu coach. His team twice won the Championship and Liu Yong won the Silver award at 65 kilogram weight, in the Championships for the whole of Shandong's Military Police.
Master Liu Yong with his Sri Lanka Representative, Indishe Senanayake
Liu Yong began to study Tai Chi in 1987 under Master Gou Kong Jie. He was introduced to Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei in 1993, where his training was intensified.
On 1st December 1996 he was officially accepted as an "Indoor" student of the Grandmaster. He has many win of China Taichi and wushu competition
He has over 4000 students world wide and is an 20th generation inheritor of the family style Tai Chi.
Master Liu Yong is President of Man Lian Tai Chi Club China, President Man Lian Tai Chi Club International,Honorary president of British Chen style Taichi collgeg.
Master Liu has trained many international students from United Kingdom, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Canada, USA ...
Master Liu Yong visited Sri Lanka to conduct a series of Tai Chi Seminars and to establish the Sri Lanka Branch of International Chen Style Tai
Chi Chuan Man Lian Club of China under his Sri Lankan Represntative Indishe Senanayake in 2006.
Now we are conducting Tai Chi Seminars and workshops for companies, institutes, organizations and other groups.
We are proud to be the pioneers of introducing Chen Style Tai Chi to the general public of Sri Lanka for health and well-being.
Indishe Senanayake conducting a Tai Chi Workshop at Chandana Wickramasinghe Dancers' Guild
Indishe Senanayake conducting a Tai Chi Workshop at Heiwa Martial Arts Academy, Moratuwa
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