Chen TaiJiQuan

TaiJiQuan is a traditional internal martial art, created by the Chen family, starting with Chen Bu (1372 AD) during Ming Dynasty, and later codified by Chen WangTing. The Chen family style is the originating style for all other families of TaiJiQuan (“tai chi”). It is first and foremost a combat and survival tool, but with strong health regenerative benefits due to two reasons:

1) Its combat reliance on healthy and flexible spine and joints, and
2) blood and “Qi” energy circulation and application.

This means one single training method can help the practitioner fend off threats from environmental hazards, whether from diseases, humans, terrain, or objects. The yin-yang symbol is the best representation of TaiJiQuan, a balance of the yielding (yin/negative) and the assertive (yang/positive).

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Chen TaiJiQuan

Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), which means Chen's Supreme Ultimate Boxing, is an internal martial art that is most noted for its healing uses, rather than self-protective. It's characterized for its use of slow and fast movements, and its spiral-force and relaxed power, known as fa-jing.

It is one of the major branches of martial arts in China, and is the root of all other forms of Taiji. Chen Style Taijiquan is practiced in a continuous and relaxed manner, with circular and extended movements.

While most martial arts are noted for their technique training, Taijiquan differs in that proper posture, relaxation, and internal development are first emphasized and actual martial technique is secondary. All actions in Taiji are originated by the rotational action of the dan-tian, spiraled through the body to the tips of limbs.Chen Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan/Tai Chi) is a Chinese martial art for health, fitness AND self-defense.

Taiji is one of several systems recognized as nei jia (internal style martial arts), along with Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang) and Xing Yi (Hsing Yi). Other styles related are Yiquan (I'Chuan), Bajiquan, Liu He Ba Fa, Tong Bei, and Aikido. What separates these styles from other martial arts is the extreme focus on nei gong (internal energy training) rather than wei gong (external energy training).

Classes in Chen Style Taijiquan are taught progressively from the basics of standing meditation to more complicated empty-hand and weapons forms and two-person exercises. Also, self-defense applications are often used to make the forms come alive in real-world scenarios. The practice has great depth so the novice and advanced student can learn something new in each and every class.


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Chen Ziqiang, head teacher of the central Chen Village Taijiquan Academy, will be making his annual appearance at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center November 9th - 10th, 2018.

He will cover the fundamentals of Chen Taijiquan, push hands, and Tai Chi ball exercises.


Chen Ziqiang Workshop

The Phoenix Martial Arts Center is hosting Chen Ziqiang, head teacher of the central Chen Village Taijiquan Academy, November 9-10, 2018. He will provide information-rich workshops on fundamental Chen Tai Chi training, push hands with applications, and Tai Chi ball exercises.

Tai Chi balls (wooden) will be available for sale at the workshop if you do not own one.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Topic: Chen Ziqiang Tai Chi Class
Chen Ziqiang will lead a Friday Chen a Tai Chi class at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center. He will lead the class in standing, silk reeling, and Tai Chi ball exercises. This class is open to Tai Chi practitioners of all levels.
Cost: $0.00
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Topic: Lao Jia Yi Lu Form with Corrections
Workshop participants will perform Lao Jia Yi Lu together then receive corrections from Chen Ziqiang.
Cost: $0.00
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Topic: Push Hands with Applications
Chen Ziqiang will demonstrate and teach push hands levels 1-3, and will include martial applications.
Cost: $0.00
  Private lessons with Chen Ziqiang are available upon request.
Note: Each workshop is limited to the first 20 participants to ensure quality training.
  Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the workshop

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