Over 11,000 enthusiasts of Chinese martial art Taijiquan, or Taichi, came together on Wednesday to practice the ancient martial art in the city of Handan, north China’s Hebei Province, as part of the activities held during the 13th International Taijiquan Competition.
The Taichi practitioners gathered at the historical and cultural site of Guangfu ancient city in Yongnian county, which dates back over 2,600 years, to perform the martial art, which is often practiced by those of various ages for its perceived health benefits.
The competition itself has attracted about 2,000 participants from 23
countries and regions, and aims to serve as a platform for Taichi
practitioners to communicate with each other and spread the Chinese
Master Malee Khow of Manchester, Connecticut performs Zhaobao Style Tai Chi Chuan
- Zhaobao Style originates from the Zhaobao Village, Henan Province, China. Although bearing similarities to Chen Style Tai Chi, Zhaobao's history claims origins with Jiang Fa in the late 16th century as well as some Chen Style influences. Zhaobao features two, main forms, including a 108 posture big frame and a 75 posture small frame, refined form. Both are practiced in in three heights: high, medium, and low frame. The style emphasizes flowing, integrated movements, yi (mind intent) and the use of spiraling chin na (qinna) techniques for self-defense applications. Zhaobao training includes its own neigong energy development methods, based on Taoist systems of mind/energy (qi) proficiency.
In 1995, Mark Rasmus began training in Tai Chi (Huang Shyan Sheng lineage)
with Chris Heness, a Tong Long and Tai Chi master living in Queensland,
Australia. This opened a huge range of understanding in internal martial
arts principles further enhancing his teaching system.
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