How to Learn Tai Chi in China?

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If you want to learn Tai Chi in China and looking for a Tai Chi school in China that teaches traditional Chinese martial arts , the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center (Taizu Tai Chi Kung fu School)completes your search. Shaolin Temple Cultural Center  offers high-quality training with masters, we specialize in training martial arts to non-Chinese speaking students. Our masters speak English, Provides availability, prices and pictures so you can quickly and easily . You will train in the best environment. Our full time kung fu training allows you to learn at a fast pace. You really can learn a lot in a short amount of time here!

Why come to our Tai Chi School ?

Shaolin Temple Cultural Center located in Handan City ( Birthplace of Tai chi <Yang style Tai Chi Quan and Wu style Tai chi quan>,China ancient capital,Cultural city ,Martial arts village ) , an environmentally protected mountain of natural beauty and cultural importance. Tai Chi is definitely part of the life in Handan. our martial arts school in China is away from the distractions of the big city, providing students with a serene environment for training and growing in strength and spirit.

Our teachers are former Shaolin Kungfu monks who have trained their entire lives at the Shaolin Temple to perfect their art. Master Xu especially was a very gifted and talented student.

In addition to several styles of Tai Chi, he learned traditional Shaolin kungfu, Qi Gong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Masters Xu (Shi Yanhao) also came from a strong background in martial arts, starting his training from a very young age. By age twelve, he was studying Shaolin kung fu full time in the Shaolin temple. As a 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk and 6th generation inheritor of Yangshi Tai Chi Quan, he embodies the rich diversity within martial arts training.

Tai Chi Variations Across Different Schools

Despite his deep roots in Shaolin, Master Xu's journey through various schools of Tai Chi highlighted the distinct characteristics unique to each style. While the core principles of Tai Chi—like enhancing vitality and internal strength—are consistent, the techniques and forms can significantly differ. These variations include:

  • Routines: Each school has developed its own set of movements that define its practice.
  • Hand Pushing Techniques: The methods of hand engagement and energy manipulation vary, offering diverse tactical advantages.
  • Forms: The physical expressions of Tai Chi, which range from slow, deliberate movements to more dynamic sequences.

These differences are not just technical but are designed to optimize specific health benefits such as stimulating blood circulation, adjusting vitality distribution, invigorating internal organs, and overall body strengthening. Master Xu's mastery over these varying techniques not only showcases his adaptability but also his deep understanding of Tai Chi's fundamental goals across different traditions.

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In addition to being a very talented martial artist and Tai Chi Master, Master Xu is an especially skilled teacher. He is a perfectionist pur sang, but has seemingly endless patience. He teaches every student as fast or slow as they need, and as a result, everyone that spends time training with him will improve tremendously. As well as being a highly skilled martial artist his teaching is effective and highly enjoyable for students of all levels.

No matter man, woman, old, young, strong or weak, anyone can obtain skill and benefit practicing Tai Chi. Whether your purpose is for health, body building, self defense or cultivating your inner harmony. Tai chi has benefits for all.

Why practice Tai Chi?

Tai chi Is to China traditional philosophy of Confucianism and Taoism in Tai Chi, yin and Yang dialectical philosophy as the core idea, the functions of maintenance of temperament, physical fitness, martial arts Sanda etc. as a whole, with the changes of yin and Yang and the five elements of learning, meridian, guidance and tonalide operation to form a Neiwaijianxiu, soft, slow and flexible and the traditional arts of ancient China move among force and soft.

Tai Chi is often thought of as being quintessential of China, entailing the principles of Yin and Yang from the I Ching, (the Book of Changes), rooted in Chinese medicine (meridians and specific names of vessels), with the meditative aspect of its practice in focusing on the breath. Tai Chi is a comprehensive study and characterized by the interaction of the energies of Yin and Yang.

Its creation brought together an understanding of the laws of the human body with those of nature- alternating force and flexibility with swiftness and slowness. As force and flexibility are compatible within, Tai Chi can be used to defend, attack and strengthen body as well as prevent and help cure illness.

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It is suited to people of any age, gender or body form. Tai Chi is widely practiced in China. Its history stretches back many years and its different schools have contributed to its widespread practice. Stories about the origination and spread of Tai Chi have always existed among martial artists and passed on from them in the oral tradition.

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Tai Chi Retreat

Tai Chi retreat is a traditional practice that focuses on balance and harmony of body, mind, and soul. By combining Tai Chi movements with sitting meditation, Tai Chi retreats help people achieve inner peace and physical health.

The core philosophy of Tai Chi Retreat is the balance of yin and yang and going with the flow. The theory of yin and yang is the foundation of ancient Chinese philosophy, which holds that everything is composed of two opposing yet interdependent forces, yin and yang. In Tai Chi Retreat, we need to learn how to balance these two forces as a way to achieve harmony between body and mind. Through Tai Chi retreat, we can learn to let go of stress and resistance and let life flow naturally.

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art with slow and gentle movements that not only exercise the body's flexibility and endurance, but also regulate breathing and the operation of internal organs. Tai Chi emphasizes the coordination of body movements and thoughts, allowing practitioners to focus on the current feelings and movement processes, thereby relieving stress and anxiety. In the practice of Tai Chi, the concept of "Qi Guan Changxu" has always been emphasized, which is the process of guiding air or energy to the Dantian (abdomen) to enhance physical strength and spiritual energy.

Tai Chi retreats focus on body and mind

Tai Chi retreats, on the other hand, also focus on the practice of meditation. Meditation is a method of relaxing the mind and body and cultivating concentration by clearing your mind and settling down. During meditation, people use deep breathing and music or natural sounds to focus on inner feelings, stretch the body, and relax muscles. This meditative state helps to stimulate people's subconscious mind and guide people's thinking to return to the current feeling of "here and now". It can also improve the control of one's own emotions and thoughts.

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Tai Chi meditation advocates the gradual elimination of distracting thoughts and anxieties in the mind and the achievement of balance both internally and externally. Through Tai Chi and meditation, practitioners seek balance in the external world while also activating the inner self-healing mechanism. Tai Chi retreats focus on the attention and care of the body and mind, and use the concepts and principles of Eastern philosophy to adjust the relationship between individuals and nature, making people better.

The practice of Tai Chi Retreat consists of two main parts: the practice of Tai Chi Chuan and meditation.

1. Taijiquan practice: Taijiquan is an internal and external exercise that moves slowly and smoothly, helping us to relax our bodies and empty our minds. When practicing Taijiquan, we need to follow the Taijiquan routines and steps, while paying attention to breathing and the natural movement of the body.

2. Meditation: Meditation is a very important part of Taijiquan practice. Meditation can help us focus on the present moment, eliminate distractions in our mind, and achieve peace and clarity of mind and body. During meditation, we can choose a quiet environment, sit or lie down, close our eyes, breathe deeply and let our mind gradually calm down.

Benefits of Tai Chi Retreats

Tai Chi retreats can also help improve physical health. Through the practice of Tai Chi, people can enhance the body's flexibility and balance, reduce stress and fatigue, improve sleep quality, and thereby enhance the body's immunity and resistance. In addition, Tai Chi meditation can also help people improve their psychological quality. During practice, people can learn to focus and persist, develop patience and perseverance, and improve self-control and emotional management abilities. These all have a positive effect on promoting mental health.

In general, in this fast-paced society, people often feel stressed and anxious. Tai Chi retreats can help people calm down, relax and find inner peace. Tai Chi meditation is a very effective practice method. It can not only help people adjust their physical and mental state and achieve inner peace, but also improve their physical health and psychological quality. Therefore, it is recommended that everyone try Tai Chi meditation in daily life, so that you can find a moment of tranquility and relaxation in your busy life.

Tai Chi retreats is a combination of physical exercise, mental adjustment and spiritual cultivation, which can help us find inner peace and improve our quality of life. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, you can find a method and enjoyment from Tai Chi Retreat that suits you.

Anyone can learn Tai Chi ?

No matter what age you are, you can practice and enjoy Tai Chi. Taizu Shaolin Kung Fu Academy welcomes beginners as well as advanced practitioners. The Tai Chi masters are very adept at judging an individual’s skill level and will adapt the training to each person’s needs.

Tai Chi was originally practiced as a martial art, but over time it was discovered as a method for improving health and well-being. In recent decades, Tai Chi has experienced a huge surge in popularity and is now practiced worldwide as a form of holistic healthcare. It is believed that Tai Chi improves circulation, reduces stress, improves flexibility, and promotes cognitive functioning.

When Tai Chi is practised, the movement creates streams of energy to flow through the body.

In the philosophy of Tai Chi, it is said Chi (life energy) follows the mind, each posture and movement creates a different energy flow that, has a benifital overall affect on overall well-being.

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and Tai Chi Kung Fu spirit

The masters at the academy genuinely care about each student. The students can feel this, and display the same behavior to each other and to the masters. This ensures a highly enjoyable atmosphere, where people from all countries come together to dedicate their time to their art. It is a treat for any martial artist to be surrounded by so many people who have the same dedication.
Tai Chi is a comprehensive study and characterized by the interaction of the energies of Yin and Yang. It's creation brought together an understanding of the laws of the human body with those of nature- alternating force and flexibility with swiftness and slowness.


Every act in Tai Chi is slow and relaxing. As practitioners perform the Tai Chi drill, they should straighten their backs and waists, draw in their jaws, and droop their shoulders, capturing the sensation of gliding across the clouds. A renowned boxer from the Qing Dynasty once described Tai Chi by saying, "act as the wave of the sea, torrential and never-failing." Importantly, Tai Chi also emphasizes the training of Qi and breath control. Qi serves to refine a person's mentality and is central, not only to Tai Chi but to other forms of internal Kungfu as well.

To further enrich the Tai Chi experience and enhance its benefits, practitioners might consider incorporating various additional exercises and practices. These optional items include:

  • Shaolin Dahong: This form can help improve strength and agility, providing a dynamic contrast to the fluid movements of Tai Chi.
  • 12 sections snap kick of Shaolin: Integrating these kicks can increase flexibility and balance, elements that are crucial to mastering Tai Chi.
  • Xingyi the five elements continuous form: This practice emphasizes direct movements and can be used to cultivate a deeper understanding of martial arts principles applicable to Tai Chi.
  • Health cultivation eight-steps Qigong: This Qigong form focuses on meditative breathing and movement, enhancing the calming and health-boosting effects of Tai Chi.
  • 6 sections health cultivation: Similar to the eight-steps, this practice encourages physical wellness and can be seamlessly blended with Tai Chi routines.

Each of these practices not only complements Tai Chi but also enriches the practitioner’s overall martial arts journey, by broadening their skills and deepening their understanding of energy manipulation and control. Incorporating these exercises into a Tai Chi regimen can provide a more rounded and holistic approach to health and martial arts training.

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What is the significance Qi and breath contril in tai chi practice?

Tai Chi follows the principle of Yin and Yang, the attack process focuses the inviting combined with the breaking up. During attack and defense, you sense the opposite force and force's direction by the ability to sense and break up the coming force. Using the force received to defend, ie. changes of move following the opposite changes.

Every act is slow and relaxing. In Tai Chi drill, one should straighten back and waist, draw in the jaw, and droop the shoulder, with a feeling of flying across the clouds. A certain boxer in the Qing Dynasty once said of Tai Chi "act as the wave of the sea, torrential and never-failing."

"Tai Chi at the same time also pays much attention to the training of Qi and breath control. Qi is to refine human's mentality and lies at the heart of Tai Chi as with other forms of internal Kungfu. This focus on Qi is not merely about physical health; it's a profound discipline aimed at cultivating balance and harmony within the body and mind. Breath control, or the careful regulation of breathing, is integral to directing and optimizing Qi flow. By mastering breath control, practitioners learn to maintain a calm, focused state that enhances their overall Tai Chi practice.

Understanding and developing Qi through disciplined practice leads to improved mental clarity and a deeper sense of spiritual well-being. This holistic approach, deeply rooted in ancient martial arts, exemplifies the core philosophy of Tai Chi-- the pursuit of balance between the yin and the yang, the internal and the external energies."

The benefits of Tai Chi include:

  • Improve your health and quality of life
  • Enjoy the gentle tai chi movements
  • Improve relax and harmony
  • Enjoy learning an art that you can continue to grow and progress
  • Improve muscular strength, fitness and flexibility
  • Enjoy camaraderie of tai chi friends
  • Improve balance and confidence
  • Better mood, with lower levels of depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength
  • More energy and stamina
  • Enhanced flexibility, balance, and agility
  • Lowerblood pressureand improved heart health

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No matter man, woman, old, young, strong or weak, anyone can obtain skill and benefit practicing Tai Chi. Whether your purpose is for health, body building, self defense or cultivating your inner harmony. Tai chi has benefits for all.

Imagine a holiday where you replace the hustle and bustle of everyday life with nature and tranquility. A holiday where you exercise most days, explore an ancient culture and relax so properly that you actually come home rested, recovered, fitter and healthier.

Tai Chi Retreat fee and costs

All prices are shown in US dollars.

  •   7 day retreat $500
  • 14 day retreat $780
  • 21 day retreat $960
  • 28 day retreat $1100
  • Within 4 weeks, an extra day $55; exceeding 4 weeks, an extra day is $50.

In order to reserve your rooms, a down payment of 30% is required at the time of booking. Please ensure the full amount due is received by the academy at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival date.

Are you ready to book the tai chi retreat which will make you rested, recovered, fitter and healthier?


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