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Foreigners explore the philosophy of Chinese tai chi

2018/10/9 11:17:24   source:sdchina.com

Recently, nine foreigners went to Ni Shan Academy together with “Touch Shandong” cultural experience column to learn tai chi.

Tai chi (taiji), short for Tai chi chuan, or Taijiquan, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both defense training and health benefits. The term taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves.

Liu Dongcai, a teacher of the Chen-style tai chi, introduced the history and development of tai chi to the foreigners. Taijiquan theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of the Taoism and Confucianism.

Liu Dongcai demonstrated several key movements of the Chen-style taijiquan and taught the foreigners how to respond and fight back quickly and effectively according to different situations.

Marseilles from Yemen said that he learned more about the philosophy of tai chi from the activity and was indeed amazed by the brilliant Chinese culture. He wished to have more opportunities and time to explore Chinese culture.

That day, the nine foreigners were not only hard-working students, but also quick learners. Just in a few hours, they mastered a set of the movements of tai chi. As Max’s words, “Tai chi is more than an exercise that good to our health. It has a comprehensive philosophical system. You can get practical benefit from it, and you’d better not to underestimate the deep meaning behind it.” Max, from Spain, is an international student of philosophy at Shandong University.

At the end of the activity, Liu Dongcai shows the foreigners around Ni Shan Academy. Mohanmmad, from Iran, said that this was a great experience and very helpful for him to better understand Chinese culture.

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