The accuracy of Tai Chi Chuan’s history is shrouded in myth and legend.
Chang San Feng, an almost mythical figure, is said to have created Tai Chi Chuan after witnessing a fight between a snake and a magpie. Chang San Feng was a Wudang Mountain Taoist. The exercises designed by him were for the improvement of flexibility and softness within the body. Over time his exercises were joined together to make a flowing pattern, or form. The lineage from Chang San Feng leads to the famous Chen Village. From here a very martial based form of Tai Chi Chuan was practiced, and several other styles would sprout from this fertile ground. This includes the Yang style of the famous Yang Lu Chan. Our school practices the many Yang style forms and has also Chen style Tai Chi. Our Grandmaster, Henry Sue, went to China in 1995 and practised with the current Chen lineage to bring back Chen style Tai Chi Chuan to teach to his students. Historically Tai Chi was taught after many years of Kung Fu training was already learned. It is worth noting that a lot of the Tai Chi Chuan taught world wide today has a lacking of and in this martial understanding. Often it is simply taught as a set of movements for relaxation, without the understanding of why you move a particular way, or what certain moves mean, or how to set your mind. In this type of learning some positive health benefits are acquired however form a historical perspective these forms of Tai Chi Chuan do not fully reflect the essence of Tai Chi. Thanks to 9th Degree Grandmaster Henry Sue the essence of Long Fist Tai Chi Chuan has been maintained. Long Fist is a more martial style of Tai Chi. Thus, the CKFA instructors teach what the moves mean, the ways in which they can be applied, and how to use your Qi, posture, and sun ( focus ) to achieve the ultimate benefit from your practice.
What do we teach?
We teach the Yang style short and long forms and weaponry. Once students are proficient in these they can progress to the much harder and more powerful Chen forms and weaponry.
The following forms are practiced:
- Chen Style
- 32 Sword
- 42 Sword
- Kung Fu Fan
- Chen Style Fan
- Lotus Fan