Although only developed for 300 years, Taijiquan is one of the most characteristic and representative wushu styles in the world.
Taijiquan was developed based on the Yin-Yang principles of Taiji. It practices relaxing, meditating and breathing control, towards achieving a continuous flow of power from within to without.
What is ‘Taiji’ and ‘Yin-Yang’?
‘Taiji’ and ‘Yin-Yang’ are fundamental concepts in Taoism that explain the orders and cycles of nature and all life. ‘Taiji’ refers to the basic movement and order of the universe, while ‘Yin-Yang’ refers to the opposites of all things, such as movement and stillness, up and down, hot and cold, etc. These opposites also co-exist and transform in relation to their counterpart. The movement and order of ‘Taiji’ led to ‘Yin-Yang’, which then led to the birth of all things through the co-existence and transformation of their opposites.
The concepts of ‘Taiji’ and ‘Yin-Yang’ are portrayed in Taijiquan through changes such as hard and soft, quick and slow, firm and flowing movements.