The Elusive Art of Taiji Boxing… the Road Less Traveled Today, many people practice “Taiji” as a form of natural exercise but with quite limited knowledge of its self- defense applications. Could it be that they favor “Recreational Taiji” over “Taiji boxing?” Even though “Recreational Taiji” has undeniable appeal for its health benefits, the combat aspect must be remembered and emphasized as an equal part of this complete system. The origins of Taiji Quan vary, depending on the source. However, it is generally accepted that the art was developed circa 12th century by a Taoist priest named “Chang Sen Feng” who studied Buddhism and martial arts at the Shoalin monastery on Wu dang Mountain. The grandfather of Taiji not only combined but also refined principles, philosophies and techniques using Taoist natural laws and Buddhist Chi Kung methods to perfect the Shaolin combat techniques and strategies. This new technique was proven to be very sophisticated and classified as a high skill level martial art. Today, it is still one of the most popular forms of openly-practiced soft forms of “Internal martial arts”, later on known as the “Supreme Ultimate Fist”. Unfortunately, due to the elusive integration of “Taiji boxing” techniques found…
Where Are the Great Taiji Boxers of Old? Are They Lost in Translation? Taiji Quan is a unique style of Martial Arts that encompasses a very broad spectrum of training skills and philosophical concepts. Taiji Quan is not only a self-directed method of personal protection but also a unique form of spiritual development. The name Taiji Quan can also be translated as meaning the supreme method for vitality and self-acknowledgment with the emphasis on self-control. Taiji Quan is one of the three high forms of Internal Martial Arts, sometimes called a soft Internal art. The other two systems are Hsing-I ,’mind boxing’ and Pa-Qua Chang, ‘eight directional palms’. The reason Taiji Quan is known to be the supreme ultimate fist is because all of the five major family styles have elements from both Hsing-I and Pa-Qua Chang embedded in their forms. These three soft Internal forms are unique in their presentation and also in their application because the focus is on the development of Qi (Chi) – the ‘dunamas’ or vital dynamic force. Most Martial Arts and competitive sports require awareness of utilizing Qi (specialized breathing techniques). Taiji Quan takes this to a higher level with special Qi Gong and…
My name is Dennis Pounall and I’m feeling incredible at 54 years old .I live and work in Elliot lake with my wife Jane Pounall a yoga teacher and published author and my dog “Bubba” “The deconstruction dog”. I have been practising martial arts for about 32 years, since the ripe age of 13 when I got my first introduction to the arts in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England I started with Shotokan Karate, with my older my older brother Kenny Pounall. Currently I am a Primary Care land and air paramedic in the prehospital emergency care field in Northern Ontario working for a company called Air bravo corp. we specialized in air medevac transportation . This involves the transportation of sick, injured or ill patients from one hospital too another. Sometimes for specialized testing, some times for operations, and sometimes as a organ recipient’s. We also transfer neonatal and premature babies in isolates along with a special teams of doctors and nurses. Well lets get back to the story; My first style happened to be Japanese Shotokan Karate and got me hooked until my family relocated to Canada. A couple of years of adjusting in the new home put a break…
 

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