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The Origin of Tai Chi (Taijiquan) by Master Chen Bing
Chenjiagou, a small village located in Wenxian County, Jiaozuo City, Henan Province, China, is widely recognized as the birthplace of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a martial art that emphasizes slow and fluid movements for health, meditation, and self-defense.
In March of 2007, the Chinese Folk Artists Association officially designated Chenjiagou, situated in Wen County of Jiaozuo City, Henan Province, as the birthplace of Taijiquan, also known as Tai Chi. Subsequently, in August of the same year, following a comprehensive examination and verification of various assertions prevalent in society, the National Wushu Department definitively determined Chenjiagou in Wen County as the birthplace of Taijiquan within the realm of Chinese Martial Arts.
However, the origin and evolution of Tai Chi outside of China have been subject to various debates and interpretations due to the limited historical records and cross-cultural exchanges. Some scholars suggest that Tai Chi might have borrowed from or influenced other martial arts in China, while others argue that Tai Chi represents a unique and original system that evolved from the Chen family in Chen Village.
As an important source of information on Tai Chi in English, Wikipedia and other media outlets have a responsibility to present accurate and balanced accounts of the official designation and history of Tai Chi, while also acknowledging diverse perspectives and debates in the field. By doing so, we can foster a deeper and broader understanding of this ancient and dynamic martial art that has enriched the lives of millions of people around the world.
It is worth noting that while Wikipedia in Chinese accurately reflects the origin of Tai Chi, the same cannot always be said for its English counterpart. Thus, it is crucial for sources of information, including Wikipedia in English, to accurately depict the official designation and history of Tai Chi, to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of this ancient Chinese martial art.
Free Tai Chi Classes for the Community
Starting September 6th, Chen Village Tai Chi is offering free Tai Chi classes aimed at improving community well-being.
Free classes are currently held in Los Feliz and San Gabriel. We're also considering adding Koreatown to the list, pending location availability.
* San Gabriel: "Sheng Ballet" at 811 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Join Us and Support Our Mission
You're warmly invited to join our free Tai Chi classes. While the classes are free, any donations are greatly appreciated and will help us continue offering free classes.