Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment
– Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher
Taichi (aka Taiji) is an art, which has had a culture that dates back to the early 1600’s. Today, it has evolved from a martial art to an entire regime that promotes health and well being.
The defining characteristic of Taichi is its continuous and smooth movements that circulate energy throughout the body in an unbroken stream. Whilst it is soft in perception, it contains hidden power – like an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Wushu (aka Kung Fu) is the generic Mandarin Chinese term for martial arts. In spite of its apparent focus on fighting and combat skills, the true spirit of Wushu is, in fact, to cease the use of weapons and to promote peace and well-being; in other words, to live well and in harmony. Wushu covers special ways of inner strength/energy cultivation named Daoyin and Qigong (pronounced Chi-gong). It is a system of exercises that utilizes natural, gentle movements to help energize the mind and body.
Following your study of Chinese language, culture and Taichi Kung Fu, you will notice improved flexibility, energy and stamina. This will enable personal improvement which will break down the artificially imposed barriers between you and your surroundings, making you more ‘in tune’ with nature.
Words from the three generations of this Wushu family:
Grand Master Lu Songgao (Xinyi Liuhe) said in his later years, “The practice of Wushu at the highest level leads to profound knowledge, and is one of the roads to self-perfection.”
Grand Master Zhang Zhaoyuan (Lu’s disciple) said, “One can become a powerful warrior by reaching a high level of Wushu skill. But the far greater challenge is to attain harmony with the world through Wushu.”
Master Wang Dapeng (Zhang’s disciple) states, “Wushu is both a physical and a philosophical discipline. Though it requires true devotion to training and learning, the path of Wushu knowledge is one of the highest virtues.”
Wushu and Taichi, while often thought of as distinct styles of Wushu, are actually two variations of the same family and share the same metaphysical concepts of Yinyang and Wuji.