Tuesday, March 29, 2016


A recent study Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, California, has revealed some remarkable benefits of tai chi practice that may one day help children with health issues. The hospital's Motion & Gait Analysis Laboratory, specializing in assisting children with movement disorders and cerebral palsy, is where the study was conducted.
An article by Krista Conger at the the Stanford News website details the facility's 2015 research using a tai chi master from China to explore the body motion involved when he strikes a target rigged with sensors. Master Chen Xiang of Beijing was invited to participate in the study in which he wore a suit with motion capture markers attached.

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Director Jessica Rose, PhD, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, and her students were amazed to witness Master Chen striking the target with a force measured at 14 times his body weight. Dr. Rose commented that, "Although many people don't realize it, every one of those slow moves you see in the park can be transformed into really fast strikes." She explained that Master Chen's tai chi skills may help members of the study by adding to "our understanding of motor deficits, robotics, and rehabilitation-device design for children for whom just walking across the floor is a struggle."
                                                             Steve Gladfelter/VAS

The researchers also worked with tai chi master, Shu Dong Li, who is able to raise or lower his skin temperature at will. It is believed that researching such meditation based abilities may one day help children with asthma calm their minds and improve pulmonary function.

For the complete story go to the Stanford News website at:

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"Tai chi opens and vitalizes 
the anatomy, like a plant 
being watered in a desert." 
                                                    - TCJ

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Monday, March 28, 2016

"Raw mind is a light. 
Focused mind is a beacon." 
                                                    - TCJ

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

"...the body as one unit, with all parts 
of the body linked as if threaded together."

- The Tai Chi Classics

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Tai chi isn't, 'I'm 'gonna do this, that, and the other.'   Tai chi is, 'What is the opponent doing?"                                                             - TCJ

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Wudang Temple, China - A Taoist monk
leads students in Wudang Style Tai Chi forms. 

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Friday, March 25, 2016

"Tai chi releases tension, like water 
cascading down a mountainside." 
                                                              - TCJ

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"Tai chi is a turning wheel
called yin and yang." - TCJ
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Monday, March 21, 2016

"It requires deep mindfulness 
to achieve profound awareness." - TCJ

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"Music in the soul 
can be heard by the universe." 
                                      - Lao Tzu
Photo: Untitled | by steinbach.kleber

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"There is breath in the seas, 
in the earth, and the skies. 
This is the breath of your life." 
                                                         - TCJ

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"Only qi and water can reflect "softness," 

and only when it is as soft as water

can it be regarded as real taijiquan."

- Henry Zhuang from


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"...stillness, the ruler of movement." - Lao Tzu
Photo: Master Kuo Lien Ying, standing qigong

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"Water is calm yet powerful, 
still yet rushing, 
ebbing yet conforming. 
This is tai chi." 
                                          - TCJ

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Monday, March 14, 2016

"TAI CHI: Awaken your life. 
Strengthen your vitality. 
Open your heart." - TCJ

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Group Tai Chi forms in front of the 
Temple of Heaven complex in Beijing, China.

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Friday, March 11, 2016



The rich history of Chen Family Tai Chi includes numerous names of highly accomplished tai chi masters. Through generations of Chens, many have risen to lofty plateaus of achievement, although few hold the level of respect and esteem of the late 9th generation grandmaster, Chen Fa-Ké.


Born in the Chen Village (Chen Jia Gou) in 1887, Chen Fa-Ké was the great-grandson of Chen Changxing (1771-1853), the famous teacher of renowned Yang Style tai chi founder, Yang Lu Chan. Fa-Ké's own father, Chen Yanxi (1820-1901?) had earned an impressive reputation for his martial skills and worked as an armed security escort. Fa-Ké was born late in his father's life, and, because his two older brothers had died, he was treated like an only child and was somewhat over-protected during his childhood. He was also prone to illness, a condition which limited his development of tai chi skills.

At the age of 14, Fa-Ké once secretly overheard his father's relatives criticizing his lack of strength and fighting ability. He was a disappointment to his famous martial arts family and his illustrious ancestors. Hearing this, he was deeply ashamed and devoted the following three years to intense training. He spent all of his free time doing forms and other practice and sought out tai chi knowledge from everyone around him. With the passage of those years, he not only vastly improved his tai chi but also rose above his peers to become one of the finest martial artists of Chen Village.

By the time of the collapse of the Qing Empire (1912), the Yang and Wu Families had spread the fame of tai chi chuan through much of China. But Chen Style tai chi was still little known due to the relative isolation of Chen Village in Henan Province. To change this situation, in 1928 Chen Zhaopei (1893-1972) went to the Beijing, the capital, in order to extend the reach of the Chen Family art. Chen Zhaopei's efforts were quite successful, so much so that in 1930 he was invited to teach in the city of Nanjing. Not wanting to lose what he had started and abandon his Beijing students, Zhaopei recommended Chen Fa-Ké to his students as a worthy replacement.

Fa-Ké accepted the offer, leaving his family's small village in the country for the big city at the heart of China. At that time, since tai chi promotion had been done almost exclusively by the Yang and Wu families, the public held a rather limited definition of tai chi chuan. To most it was an art of practicing slow, smooth, soft movements in its forms. Chen Style, of course, did not adhere to that format, featuring different-looking forms that were punctuated with sudden, powerful explosions of speed and force. 

In spite of its appearance, there were many who wondered about Chen Tai Chi's martial effectiveness. Thus Chen Fa-Ké, soon after arriving, started receiving numerous polite challenges from the Beijing martial arts society at large. These challenges were held without rules or restrictions, making them quite risky. But the offers to demonstrate his skills resulted in Chen very comfortably and quickly dispatching any and all challengers who wished to test his talent. His well-mannered acceptance of challengers continued for the next 30 years without Fa-Ké losing a single martial confrontation. And, in keeping with his ethics, he never criticized or spoke badly of a single opponent.

Chen lived on to teach many students and become father to three sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Chen Zhao Guan, died young due to the tragic conditions brought on by China's Cultural Revolution. Chen's daughter, Chen Yu Xia, was not only known for her fighting skills, but also was widely famed for her outstanding sword mastery. Today, Chen Fa-Ké's grandson, Chen Xiaowang, is considered a grandmaster and is internationally known for his great achievements and promotion of Chen Style Tai Chi. Chen Fa-Ké died in 1957.

Chen Fa-Ké's many contributions to his family's legacy include his demonstration that hard work and dedication yield positive results. He is also important for passing on his family's art to so many students who became highly respected masters in their own right. Today Chen Fa-Ké is remembered for his great skill, modesty, politeness and lack of criticism and for setting an example of true martial mastery for many generations to come. - TCJ

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"Tai Chi Hands: Strong yet gentle, 
relaxed yet vibrant, expressing 
and concealing the internal life force." 
                                                                                               - TCJ

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"The moving expression 
of tai chi principles
becomes a living
 expression of joy." 
                                                          - TCJ

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tai Chi Dedication 
- Tai Chi practice 
in one of China's 
heavily air-polluted urban areas.

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"Often in the simplest, 
we discover the sublime." 
                                                                     - TCJ 
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Monday, March 7, 2016

A Wudang Taoist monk 
performs Wudang 
Tai Chi Chuan 
- Wudang Mountains, China

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

"Nature has the power to remind 
of the spirit residing within us." 
                                                                                    - TCJ 

Photo by Nasser AlOthman 
on Fivehundredpx

Friday, March 4, 2016

Over 2,000 Tai Chi performers 
doing "Single Whip" 
- Opening ceremony 
of the 2008 
Summer Olympic Games 
in Beijing, China

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"We can't even imagine 
what we do not know." 
                                                                   - TCJ

-  Shanghai, China

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"Training will deepen. 
Knowledge will broaden. 
Tai Chi will blossom." 
                                                               - TCJ

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