The Taoist Tai Chi Society™ internal art of taijiquan is a gentle set of movements that promotes health and well being for people of all ages and in all health conditions. Taijiquan is the generic name for the soft or internal martial art that was reputedly originated by the Taoist monk Chang San-feng (Zhang Sanfeng) about 800 years ago in China.
The Taoist Tai Chi™ internal art of taijiquan consists of a set of 108 movements and associated exercises and training methods, specifically designed for improving health in the holistic sense. It is distinguished at the physical level by its emphasis on the full extension of limbs and the continuous turning of the waist and spine in order to exercise the whole body. At the mental and spiritual level, it is a method of ‘taming the heart’ and developing an attitude of calm, compassion and reduced self-centredness during practice and in daily life.
The benefits can include: improved circulation, balance and posture; increased strength and flexibility; and reduced stress. It takes several months to learn the sequence of the 108 moves of the set. This begins a lifetime of exploring the depths of Taoist Tai Chi internal arts and methods.
Master Moy Lin-shin, the founder of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society, was heir to the practices of the traditional Chinese internal arts and understood their great potential to improve health and alleviate suffering. He vowed to make these arts available to all who wished to learn them and developed the Taoist Tai Chi internal art of taijiquan, an art which brings together the many insights Master Moy gained about the workings of human physiology, internal circulation and spiritual training.
In keeping with Master Moy’s vision of compassion and service to others, all instructors are nationally accredited volunteers and most of the administrative work is done by volunteers. Classes and many other activities are offered as part of membership of the Society. The membership costs consist of an initial registration fee plus an annual fee (which may be paid monthly), which give unlimited attendance at all regular taijiquan classes.
How to get in touch
Whilst classes used to be held in the village they have now been relocated to the society’s main centre. For further information about the society or its classes visit the society’s website.