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A Quote from the Grandmaster

While many martial arts tend to make their practitioners belligerent and aggressive, Tai Chi Chuan helps its adepts to become calm and composed. This comes about not through moralizing by instructors, but through the nature of Tai Chi Chuan practice itself. It is more suitable than most other martial arts for character development, as the very nature of its training, with its emphasis on gracefulness, gentleness, and harmonious energy flow, is intrinsic to the development of mental freshness and cosmic harmony.

— Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

What is Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)

What is Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)?

Grandmaster Wong has helped us with the literal translation that enables us to understand what genuine Taijiquan really is.

  • ‘Taiji’ meaning ’The Cosmos’ and ‘Quan’ is the shortened term for ‘Quan Fa’. ‘Quan Fa’ meaning ‘Fist Techniques’. This tells us that ‘Taijiquan’ or ‘The Cosmos Fist Techniques’ is a martial art and not solely a gentle moving exercise. When we apply Taijiquan as a martial art this means that all students can begin to grasp the ‘genuine essence’ of the art at a much deeper level than that of Taiji (Tai Chi) gentle exercise.
  • Those who practicing Taiji only as a gentle exercise can experience basic health benefits like loose joints, relaxation and improved blood circulation. However it does not give practitioners the genuine deeper health benefits that are so longed for in everyday life, hence many practitioners miss the deeper benefits of this profound and wonderful art.
  • To get the best health benefits from Taijiquan we teach what we consider to be the best methods that have been passed down trough the centuries by the past masters. This means genuine Taijiquan is best taught as a martial art, thus giving practitioners get the best benefits from basic to advanced levels.

On Wahnam Taijiquan

Wahnam Taijiquan is called so because the type of Taijiquan we teach in our school.

  • The name of our School Wah-Nam is named after our Grandmaster’s two most influential Sifu’s (my Sitaigung’s), Sifu Lai Chin Wah and Sifu Ho Fatt Nam.
  • All Taijiquan instructors of our School are Shaolin Wahnam Instructors that teach what we believe to be genuine Taijiquan. Wahnam Taijiquan is taught in a specific way that we believe would best benefit practitioners to enhance their experience of genuine Taijiquan according to that of what was practiced by the great past masters.

The past Masters Three Levels of Attainment

  • The first level is to have good health, the second to be combat efficient and third to cultivate spirit.
  • Many Taijiquan practitioners of today are mostly peaceful and happy which is an indicator of spiritual cultivation, but few only ever reach the level of cultivation than that of the past masters.
  • Energy flow in Taijiquan is essential for student progress as it brings good health, vitality and longevity. It is also essential for building internal force enhancing further the experience of genuine Taijiquan.
  • Practicing externally only begets minimal benefits, whereas regular training on the internal level broadens the practitioners benefits for health, longevity, combat efficiency, mind and spiritual cultivation.

Wahnam Taijiquan for Health, Vitality, Combat Application and Spiritual Cultivation.

  • Even though genuine Taijiquan is a martial art, it still is practiced gracefully and with an internal gentleness that is very powerful. We use and apply the integrated methods to help overcome long & short term illness, to maintain good health, to energise and to invigorate personal energy, to learn self defence through combat application, to enhance sharpness of the mind, to find balance in life and to cultivate spirit.
  • Wahnam Taijiquan integrates Qigong (Chi Kung) from the start, this greatly benefits the students health, deepens internal and external Taijiquan practice, enhances mind clarity and cultivates spirit.
  • We genuinely believe that what we teach is genuine according to the past masters philosophy and methods and that the results from our students testimonies back up our claims.

Taijiquan Training Level 1

Programme for Regular Classes — Wahnam Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) Level 1:

  • Fundamentals of Taijiquan
  • Form: Stances, fundamental footwork and basic Taijiquan forms.

  • Application: Taijiquan techniques to overcome simple combat situations.

  • Force: Wuji Stance, Lifting Water, Three-Circle Stance, and Grasping Sparrow’s Tail, Leg Stretching

  • Philosophy: Dimensions, aims and brief history.

Note:

  • From Wuji to Taiji, and back to Wuji.
  • Movement from the waist.
  • Differentiating between yin and yang.
  • One-pointed mind and energy flow.
  • Basic Taijiquan patterns.
  • Internal force training.

Programme for Regular Classes — Wahnam Taijiquan
(Tai Chi Chuan) Level 1:

  • Fundamentals of Taijiquan
  • Form: Stances, fundamental footwork and basic Taijiquan forms.

  • Application: Taijiquan techniques to overcome simple combat situations.

  • Force: Wuji Stance, Lifting Water, Three-Circle Stance, and Grasping Sparrow’s Tail, Leg Stretching

  • Philosophy: Dimensions, aims and brief history.


Note:

  • From Wuji to Taiji, and back to Wuji.
  • Movement from the waist.
  • Differentiating between yin and yang.
  • One-pointed mind and energy flow.
  • Basic Taijiquan patterns.
  • Internal force training.

Wahnam Taijiquan Genuine Aims Purposes

  • Integrate Qigong (Chi Kung) to generate energy flow
  • To utilise Taijiquan principles for everyday life
  • Build & strengthen Immune system
  • Manage Stress and anxiety
  • Enhance physical relaxation
  • Increase energy and enhance vitality
  • To bring mental clarity & mind alertness
  • To find more joy, health & happiness in life
  • Extend skills and techniques that enhances Taijiquan practice
  • Build Internal force & energy for longevity and martial practice
  • Learn self-defence through combat application
  • Learn how to systematically apply combat sequences
  • Enhance inner peace, calm, confidence & self esteem
  • Enhance sporting activities & active lifestyles
  • Help manage everyday with more focus
  • Cultivation of Spirit regardless of race, religion or culture
  • Integrate Qigong (Chi Kung) to generate energy flow
  • To utilise Taijiquan principles for everyday life
  • Build & strengthen Immune system
  • Manage Stress and anxiety
  • Enhance physical relaxation
  • Increase energy and enhance vitality
  • To bring mental clarity & mind alertness
  • To find more joy, health & happiness in life
  • Extend skills and techniques that enhances Taijiquan practice
  • Build Internal force & energy for longevity and martial practice
  • Learn self-defence through combat application
  • Learn how to systematically apply combat sequences
  • Enhance inner peace, calm, confidence & self esteem
  • Enhance sporting activities & active lifestyles
  • Help manage everyday with more focus
  • Cultivation of Spirit regardless of race, religion or culture

A Quote from the Grandmaster

Taijiquan is not a dance, but an internal art for health, combat and spiritual cultivation.

— Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

Progressive learning levels of Whanam Taijiquan

  • Level 1: Fundamentals of Taijiquan
  • Level 2: Basic Taijiquan Set
  • Level 3: Techniques of Pushing Hands

Full details of Levels 1 to 12 can be found on Grandmasters website HERE

  • Level 4: Tactics of Pushing Hands
  • Level 5: Da Shou or Striking Hands
  • Level 6: Cultivation for Health, Combat and Spiritual Development

Details for Intensive Taijiquan course with Grandmaster  in Malaysia HERE