What is Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan ?
Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan is an internal martial art for good health, self-defence, focus and life skills. It is the style of Tai Chi Chuan passed down by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit the founder and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam International. It is taught using a systematic approach consisting of 12 levels staring at the basics right up to masters level, sparring and weapons.
Tai Chi Chuan is a comprehensive fighting art which includes all the four main categories of attack including hitting, kicking, throwing and felling. The combat strategy of Tai Chi Chuan is to flow with the opponent’s movements in a relaxed manner and use skills and techniques to overcome the opponent’s attack in the most compassionate way possible.
In the 13 century, a great Shaolin Kung Fu master named Zhang San Feng left the Shaolin Temple to train on Wudang mountain to further his development in Shaolin Kung Fu. Zang San Feng for the first time in history integrated the physical form of kung fu, with the internal force training of chi kung and the spiritual training of sitting meditation into one unity which was known then as Wudang Shaolin Kung Fu. Wudang Shaolin Kung Fu was later known as Tai Chi Chuan and passed down for centuries to deserving disciples.
Tai Chi Chuan is an excellent way to develop an improved harmony of body and mind. It is a great way to completely relax the body after a stressful day and with continued practice strengthen the mind to deal with the pressures of life-improving mental health and wellbeing.
How does it work? It is trained as an art of energy and mind training. Firstly breathing and Tai Chi Chuan patterns are used to develop an improved flow of energy in the body which relaxes the body and mind. Self-discipline is developed through the training of stationary stances and as a practitioner progresses, the mind and body get stronger. Internal energy flow increases allowing the practitioner to overcome illness both physically and mentally improving overall wellbeing, improving confidence and helping the practitioner develop a zest for life. A heightened sense of awareness can also develop and an improved ability to read people’s intentions. A disciplined student can defend themselves in combat both physically and in everyday life situations.
Tai Chi Chuan is a wonderful martial art and discipline stepped in Shaolin history. Respect for your teacher, your fellow students and the training is important and best benefits the student. The Ten Shaolin Laws are practised as guidelines for living a wonderful and wholesome life through this art.