TAI CHI CHUAN literally means supreme or ultimate life force fist. It is an internal martial art, using qi as the source of the practitioner’s power rather than simply muscular strength. This is the most dynamic type of qigong practice. “Tai Chi Chuan is a defensive martial arts system which utilizes the momentum of the opponent against himself,” states Master Gus Rubio, my teacher. He continues, “It is even offensive in its defense in that the prime physical damage to the opponent is incurred by collision. Therein lies the yang within the yin.” The Chi Longevity Center teaches the Yang Family Style Tai Chi Chuan, with the 24 movement pre-revolution Yang short form as the first beginner form.
Ongoing classes are held at KC’s Fitness, 100 Gelston St., Buffalo, NY; Wednesdays @ 6:00p.