There are different versions of the origin of Tai Chi Quan. Chang San Feng is renound as the founder of the art. He was a very important taoist master and philosopher, with great knowledge of the art of fighting and methods for remaining physically fit. He was born in 1247.
The best known systems are the Yang, Wu, Chen and Sun style. Tai Chi Quan and two other developed arts named: Hsing I and Pa Kua belong to the soft inner form of Chinese Martial Arts.
Tai Chi Quan is one of the most well known and farthest spread practicing systems of China. It is an old, versatile Chinese movement art and the literal translation is "the great infinite fist".
The movements should be slow and round, smooth and gentle. We don't need external strength or effort during the moves in an internal training form. Everything happens inside the body. Progress is not depending on external strength, but of the internal consciousness. After long and regular practicing, the body feels the balanced interaction between Yin and Yang.
There isn't an age limit for practicing Tai Chi Quan. But young people often lack the necessary patience and ripeness. This moving art brings the practitioner back to a natural posture and through the relaxation of the whole body is this form very useful for older people.
TAI CHI QUAN AND YOUR HEALTH
Tai Chi Quan is most of all a very useful, healthy, relaxation therapy. You can almost speak of a moving meditation, which has a huge influence on blood circulation.
Deep and regular breathing is good for the inner organs. With the relaxation of the muscles, the blood vessels are less strained and the blood circulation gets better. By shifting weight from one leg to the other, circulation increases and varicose veins and other vascular diseases can be prevented.
In the Chinese medical science they believe, that the vital power ( chi ), flows into different meridians and by obstruction or stoppage of this energy people tend to be more susceptible to illness.