Taichi, what’s in a name?

The name of our martial art, ‘T’ai Chi Ch’uan’ (or taiji quan in Pinyin) literally translates as ‘supreme ultimate fist’ or ‘great polarity boxing’, but in reality cannot simply be transformed into anything meaningful in English without a bit of backstory. Luckily etymology is one of my favourite diversions… Ch’uan or quan translates as ‘fist’,Continue reading “Taichi, what’s in a name?”

READING LIST

For Beginners The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan – The Literary Tradition, Lo/Inn /Amacker/Foe (trans.), North Atlantic Books (1979). (A slim, concise edition of the classics) T’ai Chi Ch’uan – Becoming One with the Tao, Petra & Toyo Kobayashi, Tuttle Martial Arts (2008). (This excellent illustrated book is ideal as a text book for thoseContinue reading “READING LIST”