- Meditative practice
- The place from where Ying Yang originates
- Going with the flow
- Incorporates strength and grace
- Internal energy augments external performance
- A flowing River
Taoist monks are thought to have observed the natural movements of animals to form the movements of Tai Chi. They also incorporated the Taoist meditative practice into these moving postures, which together create what is called the soft or internal form of martial art exercise. Chinese philosophy also considers Tai Chi to be the place from where yin yang originate. It is stated that from a state of stillness motions arises which forms yin and yang two complementary opposites combining to form the whole; inhalation and exhalation, soft and hard, empty and solid, left and right. This practice is founded on the philosophy of Taoism, which emphasizes “going with the flow” of life with minimal interference and learning this philosophy along with the Tai Chi movements can change in ones outlook towards life.
Wudang Tai Chi Chuan is a main component of Wudang martial arts. It is considered an internal martial art because the actions incorporate both strength and grace and the use of internal energy is used together with external performance. One is relaxed yet strong on the inside, round and smooth on the outside. The movements are like waves of a river flowing into the ocean one after another never stopping. One distributes energy when moving and collecting when stopping.