The term taijiquan translates as “supreme ultimate fist” and the concept appears in both Taoist and Confucian philosophy, where it represents the fusion of yin and yang into a single body. Therefore, taiji theory and practice evolved in accordance with many Chinese philosophical principles. There are several aspects of taijiquan which are most effective when taught as a complete system, however depending on personal preference or ability, it is also beneficial to the practitioner to learn the individual aspects. These include taijiquan forms, martial applications, push hands and weapons.
From a health perspective taijiquan has gained great recognition in recent years throughout western culture. The movements of the form can be practiced slowly, creating constant load bearing with little to no impact on the joints. The focus achieved by the meditative aspect of taiji is an excellent measure in combating stress and through the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory the movements themselves can stimulate both blood and qi flow throughout the body.