Tai Chi embodies the Chinese idea that all existence is based on life energy, Qi. Many forms of Tai Chi incorporate movements of the arms as though one is gently holding a big beach ball of Qi. Based on the Chinese worldview, Tai Chi divides Qi into two equal, opposing and complementary parts: yin and yang. Tai Chi incorporates the yin-yang unity of opposites in many ways. For example, during Tai Chi forms, the weight shifts repeatedly from one leg to the other and the arms move in opposite, yet complementary directions.
The main principle of Tai Chi Quan (Fist) is that with soft strength, you restrain the opponent’s strong power, and with the skill of the fist, you shrewdly take your adversary’s strength and use it against them. Tai Chi Quan is therefore very effective in actual combat. Shaolin Tai Chi is affiliated to the Chen style.
Tai Chi classes are suited for people looking to improve their physical mobility, strength and all round well-being because it has been acknowledged that training in Tai Chi is useful for building strength, curing illnesses and improving balance and mobility, cultivating your moral character and prolonging your life.