Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan) is a Chinese martial art. It is one of the “internal” martial arts, along with Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. Tai Chi Chuan practice method is: to relax (song) into softness, unified softness becomes hardness, hardness and softness support each other. Tai Chi Chuan emphasizes how to confront an enemy: “He does not move, I do not move; he starts to move, I have already moved; I start late and control first”. Tai Chi Chuan is sticking and adhering, connecting and following; not separating and not resisting; bend to become straight again; relaxed and extended; internally and externally consistent; use stillness to control their movement; use softness to control hardness. Ward-off, rollback, press, push, pull, split, elbow, shoulder-stroke are the eight basic “energies”. Forward, back, look left, look right, and keep centered are the five “steps”, the basic footwork. Combined, they are also known as the Thirteen Postures.
Tai Chi Chuan practice includes Hand Form, Push Hands, Sword and Saber Forms.