Taijiquan 太極拳 / 太极拳 or Taiji for short (also spelled T'ai Chi Chuan and T'ai Chi) is one of the main internal martial arts (neijiaquan 內家拳) of China. Taiji was first developed in the early 1600s by Chen Wangting, a member of the Chen family of Henan Province, China. As one of the internal martial arts it incorporates methods of fighting (both with and without weapons) and breathing or meditation techniques to create an art useful for both self-defense and health preservation. While Taiji was originally a secret method of the Chen family, starting in the 1800s it was taught to outsiders (the first being Yang Luchan) who helped spread Taiji first throughout China and then the world.

More recently, Taiji has been the object of modern research which has shown that regular practice has numerous health benefits. For example, some studies have shown that Taiji improves balance and diminishes risk of falls in elderly patients. Other research shows that Taiji practice can improve cardiovascular function, bone density and even mood.


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Chen style taiji form executed by master Feng Zhi Qiang 1986. Master Feng was a lineage disciple of the great Chen Taiji master Chen Fa Ke, and widely renowned as one of China's greatest martial artists of the modern period.