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Tai Chi History

Tai Chi is a form of whole body exercise from China that encompasses various levels of martial art and increases strength, energy, flexibility, balance, awareness, and a sense of mental wellbeing. In Chinese medicine the circulation of Chi inside the body is very important. Tai Chi and Chi-Kung are traditionally used for this purpose.

In the 6th century the Buddhist Abbot, Ta Mo, began Kung Fu and Chi-Kung at the Shaolin Temple. Tai Chi was begun by the the Taoist sage Chang San Feng from Wudang Mountain in the 11th century.

Zen Tao Chi-Kung Tai Chi incorporates the essence of these Shaolin and Wudang traditions. It came to Canada in 2000, and is practiced in Winnipeg, Brandon, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.