Chen Style Taijiquan
Chen Style Taijiquan is a very powerful effective internal martial art due to the use of spiral movements and the principle of the soft overcoming the hard. The great emphasis of the soft overcoming the hard is placed upon borrowing the opponents’ incoming force and using it to disturb his/her inner stability.
Tai Chi belongs to the schools of the “internal” or “soft” martial arts. The training is focused in cultivating a relaxed, flexible and sensitive body with a calm and focused intent, but also in building up inner physical and energetical strength. Tai Chi allows absorbing and neutralizing incoming force with natural and spiral movements, joining with the opponent by sticking to his center, and issuing force at the appropriate time and angle with the power of the entire body. This includes the ability to “stick, adhere, continue and follow” as a vital application, mostly grappling oriented.
The techniques also include pushing, pulling, wrapping, bumping, sweeping, locking, knocking down and throwing and several striking and kicking techniques. Bare Hand forms’ training is designed to develop the ability to control oneself; Partner Training (push hands) trains the practitioner to apply the techniques to someone else in the most efficient manner.
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