Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese martial arts system that is also a gentle form of relaxing exercise. It’s that graceful set of slow, flowing moves one sees on films and in real life in parks around the world wherever the Chinese live.
Although the martial art is much older, T’ai Chi Chuan was first named as such in the mid-1800s when a member of the Chinese Imperial Court witnessed a demonstration of its use in a fight by a master of the art. It can be translated in a number of ways as “supreme ultimate fist”, “great extremes boxing” or “boundless fist”. It is usually referred to in the West simply as T’ai Chi, rather than T’ai Chi Chuan.
First developed 400 years ago by families in China it was previously known in China as “soft boxing” and was conside