Long Island Tai Chi and Internal Arts is a welcoming community of practitioners and martial artists devoted to offering classes to the general public in the traditional internal Chinese Martial and health arts including Northern Wu Taijiquan, Baguazhang and qigong.
Norther Wu Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi). Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art that in recent years has become renown for its health benefits. At Long Island Tai Chi, the art is taught from its martial perspective always keeping in sight the fact that it is its martial nature that provides the practitioner with the health benefits. The art's martial power is generated from whole body coordination, relaxation, structure, compression and expansion of joints, continuous lengthening and coiling, and expression of energy. Overriding the physical factors is the necessity to the calm the "monkey mind" by being absolutely present, without engaging in the fantasy of past or future.
Classes begin with a series of warmup exercises designed to emphasize the various foundational principles of tai chi. Northern Wu Style Tai Chi is a classical style originating in Beijing. A complete history of the style's lineage may be found at http://www.northernwutaijiquan.com.
In addition to learning the principals of tai chi and the empty hand form students will also be introduced to push hands, applications, and weapons practice.
Baguazhang. Incorporated into the internal arts curriculum is the internal martial art of Baguazhang. Bagua, as it is also known, also generates its power from the internal principles as stated above in tai chi, however, the footwork of bagua differentiates it from tai chi or kung fu. Bagua practitioners emphasize "circle walking" to grasp the constantly changing nature of the circle, of energy and of a conflict.
Internal Arts - Qigong, Meditation, Tao Yin. As part of all classes, qigong ("energy work") and meditation are also taught, especially zhang zhuan or standing meditation, which masters for generations have emphasized for its benefits in developing "qi" and overall health and power. Qigong employs physical movements, breath work and mind intent to help the practitioner strengthen the body and gather and circulate qi, depending on the type of qigong practiced. Both hard and soft qigong are taught as part of our curriculum. Tao Yin, also referred to as Chinese yoga, are yoga-like exercises where the emphasis is on the opening and closing of joints, lengthening of the connective tissue and the use of the mind to "lead the qi" through the meridians.
Shaolin Hung Mei Pai Kung Fu. All of the instructors at Long Island Internal Arts have as their foundation Shaolin Hung Mei Pai Kung Fu. Shaolin Hung Mei Pai Kung Fu is a traditional external martial art composed primarily of Northern Shaolin traditional forms, weapons, two person sets, and chin na. A complete history of the art can be read at www.shaolinghungmei.org. Although not an official part of the curriculum, the instructors acknowledge the great skills acquired acquired by training in this martial art and the contributions of all of the instructors of the system.
Practical Considerations: Potential students should in good physical condition and any limitations they may have to engage in this practices. They must also advise instructors of any limitations, ailments or pre-existing conditions prior to class. As martial arts, these practices can be vigorous and demanding, although they appear may gentle or may be promoted as "easy" or "therapeutic" like tai chi has been in recent years. Students must also be aware that these arts incorporate two person practices that may involve contact and martial applications. Concerns in this regard may always be brought to the attention of the instructors.
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