TAI CHI TWIN FALLS/SUN VALLEY
Tai Chi Chuan, also known as Taijiquan or simply Taiji, evolved from the art of Qigong approximately 1200-1500 years ago, and is governed by the same principles as it’s much more ancient predecessor. The exquisite art of Qigong is thought to have evolved approximately 5,000 years ago. Taijiquan first originated as a martial discipline, but is most commonly practiced today for it’s amazingly healthful and scientifically documented benefits. The most important distinguishing features of both Taijiquan and Qigong are that each can be implemented in three different disciplines. Regardless of the participant’s inspiration be it “Martial”, “Medicinal”, or “Spiritual”, each practitioners “intent” determines their path.
Taijiquan’s slow, graceful, movements simultaneously heal the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, while being performed in a completely focused yet relaxed attitude. Most practitioners of the art know it as “moving form of meditation”. Taiji forms involve a series of choreographed martial postures that flow seamlessly together like a slow motion dance. Done in a precise order, they assist in facilitating circulation, energy flow, fitness, relaxation and mental acuity.
Taiji encompasses a great plethora of styles and forms, and during its long history, many interpretations of these styles have emerged, resulting in numerous variations of form.
The five major styles prevalent within Taiji today are those of the Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, and Hao families. The long forms of Taiji usually consist of 108 movements, yet many other derivations exist today.
Slowness and ease of movement, governed by the breath, lead many to believe that Taiji is more for Senior Citizens. Such is not the case. Athletes find greater balance, flexibility, and more connectedness on a mind- body level through the practice of Taijiquan. Corporations see that Taiji improves productivity by helping employees remain healthy, relaxed and more creative, whilst schools find Taijiquan triggers improved concentration and higher test scores. Physicians find Taiji’s ability to relieve Stress extremely advantageous. Anyone can benefit greatly from the practice of Taijiquan’s and Qigong’s ancient healthcare modality.
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Captain Donald E. Martinez,
U. S. Army (Retired)
I have had the privilege of studying with Master J.B. Dulling for over four years, and it has been a life altering experience. Master Dulling is an exceptional teacher. He has several teaching methods to ensure that a student learns the wonderful arts of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. I have not only learned these expressive exercises, but I have learned the importance of breathing, meditation, and centering my energy. Learning from Master Dulling is a once in a lifetime experience and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I would highly recommend Master Dulling to anyone who is looking to improve his/her health, and most importantly, find inner harmony and balance.
Dr. Michelle Post, Ph.D.
Professor & Author