Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method is now taught in Northwest Arkansas by Aaron Bartholomew. If you are in the area and would like to study Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, please contact him to set up times and locations.
Contact: Aaron Bartholomew
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Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method classes are internal martial art classes. The Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method is taught in two phases or paths. The first path (yilu) focuses primarily on internal training. This is coordinating the mind and body to move in new ways; it is learning to respond to outside influences in a Taiji way and learning to turn vulnerability into power. In Taijiquan, this is taught physically in a way that the body and mind can see, feel and understand. It then can provide a resource for many other areas of life.
Internal training of the first path has almost universal application. Chinese calligraphers, artists, chefs, dancers, acrobats and other athletes all benefit their arts though internal training. Historically, many famous scholars, monks and others have applied the lessons internal training to the mind too.
The second path (erlu) applies the unique internal principles and practices learned in the first path to martial arts. This path is optional and is taught only after proficiency in the first path is attained and only to students of good character. Many renowned Taiji practitioners, revered for their martial prowess and self-defense abilities only practiced the first path. Many Taijiquan practitioners are experienced in other martial arts and became interested in Tajiquan, especially the first path, to enhance their martial abilities.
Classes generally involve three categories of activities: Learning a choreographed routine, also called yilu; Internal foundation exercises; And push hands, learning how to use internal skills to manipulate external physical forces.
Contact: Aaron Bartholomew for class times and locations