Tai Chi began several thousand years ago in China as a system of healing and living in harmony with nature. It emphasizes keeping the body flexible and energized throughout life and the mind clear and sharp.
About 800 years ago in the Wudang mountains, Tai Chi was used by martial arts teachers as a way of making the mind and body more powerful. This resulted in "Tai-chi-Chuan" or "The Grand, Ultimate Martial Art". Many of the exercises practiced today such as the slow-motion movements or "forms" and the aerobic movements or "wushu" and the two person exercise, "push hand", are part of that Tai-chi-Chuan training. They are designed to allow ordinary people to achieve an athletic, healthy state.
Tai Chi has become popular throughout the world. The original training has been handed down from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage, with each teacher receiving a certification to teach by the current grandmaster. Slow waves of energy flow through the body as you practice Tai Chi forms, dissolving stress and tension, healing both mind and body. Each movement is like a natural medicine, returning you to full health. You remember how each moment of life can be filled with joy.
Chi-gung (or Qigong) are simple exercises that are repeated several times each. They make you aware of each joint and muscle of the body and how to coordinate them so your movements are effortless. These simple exercise also teach you how to increase your breathing capacity and how to dissolve blockages to energy flow. They help eliminate aches and pains. You become immune to stress.