Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan means 'Supreme Ultimate System'. At Cambridge Kung Fu we seek to teach this amazing system as it was originally intended; focussing and balancing your body, mind and spirit to develop a fully integrated system for living a long, healthy, happy and successful life.
The Benefits of Tai Chi Chuan
Although an extremely effective martial art, Tai Chi Chuan (T'ai Chi/Tai Ji) is usually practiced with the emphasis on improving and developing the health of the practitioner.
Tai Chi Chuan is practised by people of all ages who would like to improve their posture, mobility, sensitivity, coordination, stamina, concentration, balance and relaxation. Training with us includes solo and partner exercises to integrate your calm and relaxed movements and thoughts into your interactions with other people under different types of pressure.
One of the many benefits of Tai Chi Chuan is that practising is not limited by your age, ability, equipment or environment. You can practice anywhere and everywhere; at home, in the lounge, in the park, in the car-park on your lunch break or even on the beach!
The Aims of Tai Chi Chuan
Our aim at Cambridge Kung Fu is to help all our students to live safe, happy, healthy and successful lives. In addition to the physical benefits of Tai Chi, we aim to help students reap the sorts of benefits that are achieved through the repetition of slow movement sequences. The main benefits obtained from these exercises include an increased feeling of calm, and achieveing the ability to stay relaxed in more stressful situations. The aim is, not only the slower you move the stronger and more balanced you will become, but also the slower you move the more relaxed and stress free you will become.
The Tai Chi Chuan Training
There are many variations of Tai Chi Chuan, with the one studied at Cambridge Kung Fu being 'Kun Tao', which means 'Mother Way' or 'Martial Way'. Kun Tao Tai Chi is a Malaysian version of Yang style Tai Chi, with a mix of Wu, Chen and Sun influences, as taught by Grandmaster Brian Jones.
The main part of the system, and what most people think of as Tai Chi, is a long sequence of movements (the form) practised as a slow continuous flow. All the movements are designed to improve your use of your body. With us you will learn this Tai Chi form which combines many different movements that together produce benefits for your whole body.
The Kun Tao Tai Chi form is made up of three sections which are learnt on the right side, then on the left side, then combined to balance both sides of the body and mind. The individual movements within the form work different parts of your body, externally (the bits you can see and move) and internally (the bits you can not see, reach, or easily move) as well as developing coordination between all parts of your body and mind. This results in internal and external harmony and balance.
We also teach the 'Two Person Dance' of Tai Chi Chuan. The 'Two Person Dance' is a partner exercise to teach the martial applications of the Tai Chi form in a slow and relaxed manner. Even for those not interested in the Self Defence properties of Tai Chi Chuan, practising the 'Two Person Dance' gives your body feedback on how moving and reacting to external pressures helps you develop a state of relaxation in an ever changing and moving environment.
We do not currently run any set Tai Chi Chuan classes, however if you are interested in training Tai Chi with us please see our 'Small Group or Private Lessons' page and feel free to Contact Us if you would like more information.
Our Tai Chi Chuan Teachers
The Tai Chi we teach is that taught by Grandmaster Brian Jones, who himself trained under a variety of distinguished instructors, including Grandmaster Leong Fu, Master Tjoa Khek Kiong, Grandmaster Grecco Wong, and Prof. Tatsuo Suzuki. From these instructors Grandmaster Brian studied a variety of Tai Chi styles, as well as other arts (such as Black Tiger, Wing Chun, White Crane, Tik Po Sum/Iron Body and more) and has incorporated their influences into his own styles, to ensure that they continue to develop and grow as 'Integrated Kun Tao'.
Grandmaster Brian and Master Ricky, a student of Grandmaster Brian, teach instructors from around the world in a variety of arts. Our instructor, Col Maggs is a private student of Grandmaster Brian and both Grandmaster Brian and Master Ricky visit Cambridge several times a year to give seminars to the students of Cambridge Kung Fu and also to grade students in Tai Chi Chuan.