INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS
TAIJI QUAN & LIANGYI QUAN (TAI YI WU XING QUAN)
According to Daoist thought,Taiji is the balancing of yin and yang. Taijiquan (Quan translates as fist or boxing) is the Form we practice to develop sensitivity to, and understanding of, our own bodies and that of any opponent or partner. Through practicing Taijiquan we learn to use our breathing, intention and awareness to guide our movements. So, we see Taijiquan is far more than an exercise for the elderly, as it is so often perceived. Instead, it is a profound internal practice that requires dedication and determination to unlock its greatest benefits.
If Taiji is the balance of yin and yang, Liangyi (which actually translates as two instruments or yinyang) is the separation of yin and yang by its very definition. In Taijiquan, we combine the soft and hard, but in practicing Liangyiquan (also known as Tai Yi Wu Xing Quan or Five Element Boxing), we separate the soft and hard. While in Taijiquan, all movement is conducted at the same speed, Liangyiquan's movements are slow and soft, followed by fast, explosive movements.
The practice of Taijiquan and Liangyiquan, combined with regular meditation can help us understand our bodies and minds. Our practice asks us to not only develop our bodies, but also our intention, sensitivity and power.