The name ‘tai chi’ refers to a philosophy linking two concepts together ‘wuji’ and ‘yin/yang’. Wuji, which means ‘no extremities’, is a state of emptiness or no boundaries. Yin/Yang paints a picture of balance between two extremities or opposites (ie: hot/cold, black/white, summer/winter). So within the transition from wuji to yin/yang is the creating force of ‘tai chi’. Tai Chi is translated as ‘Grand Ultimate’, meaning a force so great and powerful, that it can create something (yin/yang) out of nothingness (wuji).
The nickname of ‘tai chi’ has become associated with the art of tai chi, but rather it should be called by its full name, “tai chi chuan”, meaning “Grand Ultimate Fist”, referring to the martial art system created from the philosophy of tai chi.
Along with the shortened nickname, tai chi is also an older Romanization of the Chinese word, but because of its popularity, tai chi has remained.
In interest of preserving the true meaning of the art and accuracy of translations, you’ll now find the word “taijiquan” (pronounced ‘tie jee chwan’), in place of ‘tai chi’. This new spelling is the more modern Romanization of the full name and correlates with the current Romanization of the word “qigong“, vs the older version of ‘chi kung, (pronounced ‘chee gung’).
Another change you’ll notice when scheduling, is that ‘taijiquan’ and ‘qigong’ are offered separately. Many students are progressing and require more time for refinement, so combining the two topics is not ideal. As students continue to progress, class schedules and offerings will continue to change. As for now, all are welcome. Classes are structured toward individual instruction, so you’ll never feel like you’re behind.