Lincoln Taijiquan Association is a community based organization dedicated to the sharing and practice of Taijiquan as a martial art. Our training involves solo and paired empty hand exercises, as well as classical Chinese weapons practice. While Taijiquan (or Tai Chi Chuan, or Taichi) is also a popular low impact exercise, it is in fact a traditional Chinese internal self defense system which develops flexibility, trains balance, and enhances holistic health. Taijiquan emphasizes slow fluid movements in its form practice, while incorporating hard and soft techniques in its martial arts application. Classes are free and open to the public
In addition to and in line with our dedication to Taijiquan as a martial art, our group regularly incorporates our practice sessions with social and public events, with the objective of sharing our passion, knowledge, and skills, with each other, as well as with anyone interested in learning about Taijiquan.
Taijiquan, literally "Grand Ultimate Fist", often shortened to Taiji, Tai chi or T'ai chi in the West, is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, health and longevity. As a consequence, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. Some of taiji's training forms are especially known for being practiced at what most people categorize as slow movement.
Today, taiji has spread worldwide. Most modern styles trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun. The Lincoln Taiji Association practices forms of the Yang style.
Master Yuen studied Taijiquan in Hawaii with the late Francis Pang. Master Pang and his teacher Andrew Lum, were students of the Dong (Tung) family, one of the first to bring Taijiquan to the US. You can learn more about this lineage at www.dongtaichi.com. Originally the group practiced Master Cheng Man-ch'ing's 37 short form but Gary has most recently studied with Master Ding Shui-de.