What is T’ai Chi Chih?
T’ai Chi Chih® consists of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose that balance and circulate the Chi or the Life Force that flows within each of us. T’ai Chi Chih is not a martial art but a practice that focuses on the principles that circulate, develop, and balance the Chi. As our intrinsic energy flows and comes into balance there is an overall feeling of health, well-being, and joy.
T’ai Chi Chih is easy to learn. It can be practiced by people of all ages and ability levels, including those in wheelchairs. Beginner’s can learn all the movements in eight one hour sessions.
The Benefits of T’ai Chi Chih
T’ai Chi Chih affects everyone differently, bringing each person what he or she needs. It touches one at every level of their being bringing benefits to the body, mind, and spirit. Here are some benefits reported by people who practice it regularly:
- Reduction in daily tension and stress
- Improved balance and flexibility
- Enhanced energy and stamina
- Healthier weight
- Improved blood pressure and immune system
- Relief from chronic conditions such as headaches, back pain, arthritis, and asthma
- Increased awareness, focus, and clarity
- Increased creativity and awakening of intuition
- The release and transformation of emotions
- Cultivation of an internal center of peace and serenity
History of T’ai Chi Chih
T’ai Chi Chih was developed by Justin Stone in 1974. Justin Stone was a T’ai Chi Ch’uan master and spent many years studying in India, China, and Japan. Justin realized that the ancient form of T’ai Chi Chu’an is difficult for most people to learn having 108 movements and almost impossible for some people to do.
Justin created this new discipline so that everyone, including elderly people, could easily learn and practice the simple movements and receive the powerful and healing benefits of circulating, developing, and balancing the Chi. Today there are over 2500 teachers world-wide.
Over the years, “nine out of ten” of the hundreds of letters Justin Stone has received from students world-wide say, “T’ai Chi Chih has changed my life.”
“T’AI CHI CHIH IS A SERVICE TO HUMANITY. IT IS A FORM OF LOVE.”
~ Justin Stone
T’ai Chi Chih Movements
- Rocking Motion
- Bird Flaps its Wings
- Around the Platter
- Around the Platter Variation
- Bass Drum
- Daughter on the Mountaintop
- Daughter in the Valley
- Carry the Ball to the Side
- Push Pull
- Pulling in the Energy
- Pulling Taffy
- Pulling Taffy, Variation #1, Anchor
- Pulling Taffy, Variation #2, Wrist Circles
- Pulling Taffy, Variation #3, Perpetual Motion
- Working the Pulley
- Light at the Top of the Head / Light at the Temple
- Joyous Breath
- Passing Clouds
- Six Healing Sounds
HO – Hoooo (Heart) Ho
HU – Huuu (spleen) Who
SZU – Tzuu (Liver) Sue
HSU – Shuu (Lungs) Shshsh
HSI- Shee (Three heaters) Shee
CHUI – Chuuee (kidneys) Chewee
- Cosmic Consciousness Pose
T’ai Chi Chih Products
If you are interested, you can purchase videos and books on T’ai Chi Chih so that you can practice T’ai Chi Chih from your home. Look through the Resources page for more information on these products and where to purchase them online.
Becoming a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher
Every person who is interested in teaching must first work with another accredited teacher to receive proper preparation. This teacher is known as a mentor. When a teacher candidate is capable and ready to attend teacher training, the mentor provides a referral. At that point, the teacher candidate will work with another teacher for a second referral. Only those who have received a referral from two accredited T’ai Chi Chih teachers are eligible to attend a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training course. This course is mandatory before one can begin teaching the T’ai Chi Chih movements in any way.
For more information about T’ai Chi Chih and teacher accreditation, please visit the official T’ai Chi Chih website listed on the Resources page.
T’ai Chi Chih® is a federally registered trademark of Good Karma Publishing and covers 19 movements and one pose developed by Justin F. Stone.