Atlanta Journal & Constitution, '94
The ancient Chinese martial art known as T'ai
Chi Ch'uan has developed over the centuries as the physical expression of the
philosophy of "the Supreme Ultimate" in which opposites are balanced as yang
and yin, firm and soft, power and the yielding of it. Millions of people
worldwide daily perform the fluid, slow and gentle movements of the art. Of the
five major styles, the Yang Long Form, taught at T'ai Chi Ch'uan Atlanta, is
the most widely practiced today. It is quiet, smooth, rhythmical and
continuously flowing; circular, yet directed; apparently placid, yet vital
beneath the surface.
As a martial art, T'ai Chi Ch'uan is extremely effective. The T'ai
Chi Ch'uan practitioner subtly neutralizes and diverts the opponent's energy,
using minimal force, and responds appropriately to whatever the situation
requires. While T'ai Chi Ch'uan does not rely on strength, its practice
What is more fluid, more yielding than water?
Yet back it comes again,
wearing down the rigid strength
Which cannot yield to withstand it.
So it is that the strong is overcome by the weak.
T'ai Chi Ch'uan can become a life-long pursuit and an integral part of one's
way of being.
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