Tai Chi Chuan translates to ‘grand ultimate fist’. And today the most popular way of describing this ancient Chinese health and self defence system is ‘Tai Chi’.
While researching Tai Chi recently I read Bruce Frantzis (a renowned Tai Chi teacher) book, ‘Tai Chi for Health’ in which he describes Tai Chi Chuan as ‘encompasses its martial arts or warrior aspects’ ‘ and ‘Tai Chi ‘encompasses philosophical and spiritual concepts’.
Personally, I regard myself as a Tai Chi teacher and not a Tai Chi Chuan teacher. I have learned the self defence aspects but I much more enjoy teaching the mind and body health benefits of Tai Chi. And besides, I’m not highly skilled in the areas of Tai Chi self defence so for that reason I’d rather not teach that aspect of it.
How would you describe yourself?
Are you a Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan person?