TAIJIQUAN (Tai Chi Chuan) is a Chinese discipline. (Originally a martial art) composed of a series of movements and forms that are performed in slow and some times faster motion.

taichi-fAmong the most visible aspects are the controlled shifting of the body weight in combination with gracious and circular movements of the arms and a quiet and deep breathing, the mind is relaxed. As central aspect we aim for the differentiation and balance of the two basic forces of Yin and Yang.

In the lessons we will be busy with the oldest known style of Taijiquan, the style of the Chen family from Chenjiagou village, the cradle of Taijiquan. The most well-known characteristics of this style are the martial and dynamic aspect, and the interchanging of slow movements and sudden explosions of energy (fa jing).

The systematic and enduring practice of Taijiquan balances and centers the natural forces which work in us, it makes us conscious of the use of energy, and learns us to concentrate it and keep it flowing. This will help us on the way to obtain a life full of vitality and health.


Following is a list of the different forms of Taijiquan which can be learned at our Centre.

Chansigong ( reeling silk )
This is the basic technique of Taijiquan. A set of exercises which aim to lead the practitioner to an understanding of the devellopment of the posture of the body, and the relation with the flow of energy ( Qi ). They also serve to devellop and understand the spiral force, essential for the practise of Taijiquan.

The 19 Form
A short form, with 19 movements , which has basic aspects and characteristics of the Chen-style, a very suitable form to begin with the practice of Taijiquan.

The Laojia ( the old form )
It is a form with movements which are more complex and longer as the short form ( 74 movements ). The Laojia is the oldest form known in Taijiquan. Learning and training the Laojia is a study which brings a conscious devellopment and intensification of the Taijiquan-principles.

Tui Shou ( pushing hands )
Exercises to learn and practise with a partner. The goal is to get a mutual understanding of the energy. Also to devellop and apply the martial aspect of Taijiquan.

Pao Chui ( Canon Fist )
A very dynamic combat-form of the Chen style for an advanced level, in which one practises especially the Fa Jing or explosion of energy.

The Sword-form

The Sabre-form

The Lance-form