Tai Chi Philosophy


The early Taoists sought to cultivate the Tao within themselves. Taoism centres on the concept of effortless action and the power it engenders. Water symbolises the idea of strength in softness; it cannot be broken, yet wears down the hardest of objects just by flowing around them. Taoist thought pervades Tai Chi; the interplay of Yin and Yang, the forces of change and harmony are found in the changing postures and the quality of the movements. Body weight shift from one leg to the other, awareness of moves from inside to out, empty changes to full, open to closed. The forces work simultaneously, creating a continuous and ever-changing dance of energy.

In Tai Chi, learning the Taoist qualities of softness, and understanding its power, are essential parts of practice.

"Plants, when they enter life, are soft and tender," says the Tao Te Ching, "when they die they are dry and stiff." In Tai Chi, learning the qualities of softness and understanding its power are essential parts of practice.