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Tai Chi Ch'uan

The Grand Ultimate Fist

At Idaho Shaolin we have the most extensive and comprehensive Tai Chi program in Boise. For over 33 years we have introduced hundreds of students to the art of Tai Chi Ch'uan. With our program you will train in the traditional styles of Yang Family Tai Chi, Chen Family Tai Chi, and the rarely seen Animal styles of Tai Chi. These old and rarely seen styles include Dragon Tai Chi, Praying Mantis Tai Chi, and from the bird family we have Swallow Tai Chi, Giant Condor Tai Chi, and so much more!

Students will also learn many different and unique weapons related with Tai Chi and the internal fighting systems. These include the Tai Chi Straight Sword, Tai Chi Fan, Tai Chi Broadsword, Tai Chi Staff, Pa Kua Broadsword, Hsing-I Straight Sword and so many more! 

Your education is complete with Meditation, Chi Kung, and Nei Kung training. As students advance through the system our training will take you into the art's of Pa Kua Chang and Hsing-I Ch'uan. It is these unique areas of expertise that are necessary for all students in order to excel in strengthening the mind, body, and skill!

“Tai Chi Chuan, the great ultimate, strengthens the weak, raises the sick, invigorates the debilitated, and encourages the timid.”

          ~ Master Cheng Man Ching

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Tai Chi Ch'uan and the Internal Arts

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Tai Chi Ch'uan, "The Grand Ultimate Fist", is an approximately 800-year-old martial art originating in China. Tai Chi was created as an advanced form of training designed to improve the fighting skill of a martial artist. As Tai Chi evolved through the ages, students soon discovered the amazing health benefits of this unique practice. 

With millions of dedicated followers worldwide, Tai Chi is one of the most widely practiced martial arts in the world today. Tai Chi's history is both intriguing and complex and often shrouded in mystery. Along with learning the origins and background, students start with a basic 24 posture Tai Chi form and corresponding Chi Kung training. With time and practice, students will notice that their balance, stability, focus, and relaxation have greatly improved!

After a sturdy foundation in Tai Chi, students continue their journey by studying more advanced aspects of Shaolin's internal training system's. This includes the art of Pa Kua Chang; "8-Directional Palm". Its supple yet fluid movements are very conducive to developing a strong, flexible, and well-balanced body. Training in Pa Kua is the challenge students need to continue strengthening their bodies coordination, stability, and mental acuity. 

As your training continues, you will be exposed to many more methods of internal training, breathing techniques, Chi Kung, and Nei Kung meditation exercises. The material is as intricate as it is fascinating, requiring you to focus and concentrate. Through this training we keep your mind and body actively involved together. We pack our classes with 2,000 years of history and tradition, helping to ensure that you will never get bored!

Internal Martial Arts (nei jia), what are they?

Many methods of internal martial arts focus on developing the mind (jie’yi), energy (chi), and spirit (shen) combined with fluid, balanced, and controlled martial arts movements. With consistent practice, strength and power known as Fa Jing (internal power) will increase. This is in contrast with external (wai jia) martial arts where the practitioners focus is on hard, explosive movements that concentrate on one’s physicality and agility through martial arts practice. To learn more about us click here.

“No physical requirements needed, just a willingness to learn and a desire to better your overall well-being. Sign-up with our program and we'll help you to achieve your goals!"

Still not sure if Tai Chi is for you? Try 1-week for only $20!

No strings attached and you have nothing to lose!

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