Tai Chi Chuan or grand ultimate fist has been practised in China for many centuries dating back as early as the Tang and through to the Ching dynasties to the present…
Althought it is widly accepted that Chang San Feng was the founding father of Tai Chi there has been mentions in the Chinese classics of a Li Dao Tsu who lived as a recluse in an earlier period who practised a form of long fist boxing consisting of 37 moves.
I was instructed since the age of 27 by Grand Master Tsu, a descendant of the great sage. The training that I recived was very through in that I was never taught anything new until I had mastered the previous lesson. The philosophy was that it is better to be a master of one move than to learn one hundred moves without understanding anything or being able to execute it proficiently.
The most important concept of Tai Chi that I was taught was to not make any moves but allow the body to move in rhythm with itself. This is one of the most difficult concepts to comprehend as it contradicts all our basic understanding of movement in relation to motion. Only a more profound study of laws of physics and an anderstanding of human biology will give an insight into how the body is able to move without any motion from the limbs.
To move without moving, to strike without striking, to become one with your adversary so that your presence is neither felt nor seen is the very essence of Tai Chi Chuan.To be able to perform the above, a student has to be completely relaxed so that the only actual movement is generated from the waist and transmitted throughout the body by the muscles and sinews.
I presently teach the style of GrandMaster Tsu. I chose to instruct in this style as this is the easiest to learn and also the one closest to the orginal teachings of the Tao of Tai Chi Chuan that was transmitted by the great sage Bodhidharma.