Tai Chi, short for Taijiquan, is an internal Chinese martial art practice, which uses relatively slow movements to practice breathing, mindfulness, internal strength and self-defense techniques. Like meditation, it uses focus techniques to foster mental calm and clarity. Unlike meditation, however, it also aids the muscles and provides physical stress relief. Since it also focuses on improving structure, teaches combat stances and involves more movement, it’s especially nice option for people who find it hard to focus in typical meditation.

Tai Chi origins

  There are many stories of the origin of Tai Chi. One tells of a day in Wudang Moutains, Hubei, China, sometime in the 12th century when a Taoist monk Zhang San-Feng was disturbed by the sounds of a snake and a crane fighting in his courtyard. Each time the crane’s beak stabbed, the flexible snake twisted out of reach. And the crane’s wings, like shields, protected its long neck from the snake’s striking head. According to the story, from observing this battle, Zhang San-Feng developed the art of Tai Chi Chuan, based on the concept of yielding in the face of aggression. Zhang San-Feng traveled around China living the life of an ascetic. He spent several years at Hua Mountain before settling in the Wudang Mountains, which is where my Tai Chi journey began.  

About the Instructor

 Marek is committed to improve and enhance his overall skills and teach by an example to the best of his ability.
In 2007 he went to China to improve his Kung Fu and in addition learned Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the Wudang Mountains of China. There he studied with one of the well-known Taoist monks in Wudangshan, master Yuan Xiu Gang and also with Wudang Tai Chi master Tseng Yun Xiang in Boulder Colorado. Marek is continuing to study Tai Chi using Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming's video tutorials on Yang style Tai Chi as well as master Zhou Xuan-Yun's video tutorials on Wudang style.
Martial arts have become a part of Marek’s daily practice and he continues to find its principles in every part of his lifelong journey. He is currently an instructor of Wudang Tai Chi in Littleton Colorado. 

The Philosophy

 

Tai Chi literally translates as "Supreme Ultimate Fist". 

The philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan is that, if one uses hardness to resist violent force, then both sides are certainly to be injured at least to some degree. Such injury, according to Tai Chi, is a natural consequence of meeting brute force with brute force. Instead, students are taught not to directly fight or resist an incoming force, but to meet it in softness and follow its motion while remaining in physical contact until the incoming force of attack exhausts itself or can be safely redirected, meeting yang with yin. When done correctly, this yin/yang or yang/yin balance in combat, or in a broader philosophical sense, is a primary goal of Tai Chi Chuan training. Lao Tzŭ provided the archetype for this in the Tao Te Ching when he wrote, "The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and strong."

Five levels of achievement

 

  1. Practice physical movement and learn structural components
  2. Coordinate movement with relaxation and focused breathing
  3. Understand martial application and Chi flow
  4. Observe and direct Chi in motion with intention
  5. Practice all previous levels with utmost ease – feel as one with everything

These great masters had influenced Marek's knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan

The Masters

Yuan Xiu Gang

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Marek studied at master Yuan's Kung Fu 

Academy in Wudagnshan, China in 2007, where 

he learned the very basics to Tai Ji Quan.

Tseng Yun Xiang

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Marek studied on a few occassions with master Chen

as well as with his students to refine the techniques

and learn more about internal process.

Zhou Xuan Yun

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Marek has studied only from master Zhou's video tutorials, 

to refine the martial applications to Tai Ji Quan and Kung Fu

as well as to the Tai Ji Jian (the sword techniques).

Yang Jwing-Ming

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Marek has studied only from master Yang's videos, 

but had learned a great deal of internal as well as 

external Tai Ji Quan and Qi Gong principles.