Overview

Martial Arts

Our Center hosts some of the more professional and thorough Martial Arts programs in the ChicagoLand. From gentle Tai Chi filled with balance and harmony to elegant more contact-based Wing Tsun you can find you niche for perfecting your physique, mind and spirit.

  • Tai Chi Short Forms
  • Tai Chi Movements
  • Active Balance Postures
  • Guided Forms
  • Push Hands

What is Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a holistic approach to wellness (including mind, body, and spirit) and concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of Tai Chi has proven exceptional in maintaining optimum health (especially in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis).

Researchers have found that Tai Chi practice shows favorable effects on the promotion of balance control, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Tai Chi has stood the test of time, millions upon millions of people practice Tai Chi to keep themselves young in body and mind and have been doing so for thousands of years. Tai Chi unifies body, mind and energy and nurtures every part of ourselves.

This unification of body, mind and energy is what gives Tai Chi its widely held reputation as an efficient health system that can help us to maintain health, and emotional and spiritual balance, amid the stresses of daily life. Or, in other words, better quality of life.

Tai Chi, with its gentle graceful pace and low impact movements, can be learned and practiced by virtually anyone. According to Mayo Clinic:

“you can practice Tai Chi regardless of your age or physical ability — Tai Chi emphasizes technique over strength. In fact, because Tai Chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.”

There are about a handful of major Tai Chi styles and Yang style is the most widely practiced and followed in the world. This form was conceptualized by The Great Master Yang Lu Chan about 170 years ago and has been sincerely passed down to posterity. Master Yang Jun is the 6th Generation direct descendant of the Yang Style Tai Chi founder, Yang Lu Chan.

In addition, Master Yang Jun is responsible for International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association and travels internationally to promote Yang Tai Chi and to certify instructors in various schools around the world. In July 2009, Master Yang Jun was officially named the Fifth Lineage Holder of the Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.