Tai Chi – The Supreme Ultimate
It can be said that Tai Chi Chuan, as it was originally conceived, contains a sophisticated method of fighting based on the reconciliation of dynamically interacting forces. Structurally speaking, think of the formlessness of water. The Tai Chi Chuan practitioner seeks to neutralize his opponent’s use of force before applying a countering force of his own. There is a constant shifting of power and control, often times creating a situation where the power of the opponent is used against them. In this give and take, this interplay of energies, Tai Chi finds its highest expression.
Tai Chi is used to “fight” fatigue, stress, overwork, or lack of understanding of oneself and one’s body. The practice of Tai Chi has many benefits to our bodies and our minds and in fact, is used to help keep stress from killing or injuring us. It promotes mental clarity, assists with balance, helps the circulation of the ch’i and the blood, combats fatigue and insomnia, improves breath capacity and ultimately, helps in increasing longevity. It has been quoted that Tai Chi is meditation in action; the metaphysics of the Mahayana (Buddhist Philosophies) expressed not in words, but through symbolic movements and gestures.