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Term Glossary: Tai Chi Chuan

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Tai Chi Chuan


Definition:

Tai Chi Chuan directly translates into “Supreme Ultimate Fist.” It is an internal martial art developed in China that is practiced for health and self defense.

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Tai chi 101 : Is it Tai Chi, Taiji, taichi, or T’ai Chi Chuan? Yes.

              Here is a little history and an explanation. Chinese is made up of characters and ideograms to represent the concept of what they are writing about.  Whereas the writing you are currently reading  is a string of sounds that your brain puts together to get the concept.  Up until recently, most writings on Chinese topics in English used the Wade-Giles system.  This is a system that was developed by a British ambassador to China (Wade) in the mid 1800s and refined ... Read More