Tai Ji Quan 太极拳 – The Great Ultimate Fist

Tai Ji Quan is my greatest pursuit.

I began practicing Tai Ji Quan before I began studying Tai Ji Quan. I read many books, I watched many videos and partook in many arguments.

The age old martial arts question, “What is the greatest martial art?”

Obviously, the most effective, the strongest possible, the most deadly efficient is the best.
But which one meets this criteria?

Boxing! No one would argue that Mike Tyson in his prime could kill most men with his bare fists. If trained properly, boxing is immediately effective, can turn a brain off with a touch, could crush a windpipe with a jab.
This is a way.

Jiu Jutsu! No one would argue that Hélio Gracie as an 80 year old man could not snap a wrist, an elbow and a shoulder in one smooth motion. Disabling an opponent without killing them is the way of a master. Controlling your power so deftly as to restrict and constrict an opponent without causing damage to either they or yourself is mastery.
This is a way.

Muay Thai! No one would argue that any man with the ability to break a banana tree in half could not do the same to a leg. The Art of Eight can bring forth the ability to crush a thigh or dislocate a knee in one swift blow immediately putting the user above the opponent, changing heaven and earth. Bringing an opponent below you is the goal in many fighting strategies. It is sound advice and once achieved, tends to end a fight quickly.
This is a way.

Karate! No one would argue that the traditional techniques, once understood, are deadly quick killing movements developed over centuries supporting the poorest among us, the ones without weapons, giving a chance to survive where there may be none.
This is a way.

Kung Fu! No one would argue the near impossible speed displayed by Bruce Lee. His combination of zen relaxation and professional athleticism gave him an ability coveted by his contemporaries and inheritors. More kids have been spurred towards martial arts training by “Enter the Dragon” than the entire “Karate Kid” series.
This is a way.

Tai Ji Quan bests all of these as it teaches all of the above and more.

Quan = Fist or Boxing. Boxing itself is just a place holder for, “Fighting using the Fist.”
Tai Ji = Great Extremes which encompasses both the lightest touch and the strongest torque.
Ancient and Modern techniques are the same. The traditional forms and technique patterns teach unlimited applications. The combination of five illustrates infinite variety. The power of eight simple essences, Jing, make available any and all solutions to any and all problems.

Tai Ji Quan goes beyond martial arts.

The meditative practice takes the mind out of the body and allows one to observe as if they are the observer.
The deep, caring relationships found studying with others, hour after hour, week after week, year after year creates a social circle we all crave.
The strength developed in the bridge, muscles of the legs, cultivates a balance found by very few.
The philosophy of Taoism is explained in motion, preserved in the forms and passed on in practice.
The Way is in training.

Tai Ji Quan teaches you the Way.

I look forward to seeing you at my next class.

Every Saturday, 9am! Hosted by the San Diego Chinese History Museum.

Every Monday and Wednesday, 7:30pm! Hosted by International Golden Rishi Qigong and Tai Chi.

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