Make your own free website on

Essentials of Martial Arts  About Shaolin-Do    A Word From Sifu Andy   Tai Chi   Store   SDA Membership


Why Study Tai Chi?

1. Relieve Stress by Calming Your Mind

2. Lower Blood Pressure

3. Increase Flexibility Through Relaxation

4. Increase Lower Body Strength and Balance

5. Fight off Illness


Tai Chi Holds The Secret

The name Tai Chi Chuan actually means “Grand Ultimate Fist” in Chinese. It was the ultimate fighting art for one reason. It held the keys to the only sure-fire door to personal mastery; body awareness and self-knowledge. No wonder it is one of the fastest growing health crazes in the world. Breathe deep from your center, empty your thoughts, sink your Chi energy to the navel and move slowly from the spine. This is the essence of Tai Chi and can take a lifetime to learn. Please be my guest to sample this ancient path toward personal mastery.

1) Completely relax the musculature.

2) Clear your mind and become acutely aware of your internal and external environment.

3) Achieve a stress and tension free posture

4) Increase the unhindered flow of energy throughout the body, with a systemic increase of blood flow.

5) Defend oneself with minimal use of effort by applying the concept of accommodation. (yin/yang)

Tai Chi trains students in what is known as a yielding or soft style of martial arts. The internal art of Pa Kua Chang teaches to evade attacks through a fluid, circling pattern of movements including steps designed to throw an opponent simply by coiling and uncoiling the body. At a higher level, the entire art of Shing Yi Ch'uan (Fist of Will) teaches the student to explode their internal power into every strike.

Meditation exercises help students control their breathing, develop a greater awareness of their body and encourage a calm and controlled mental attitude. The internal arts require decades to master and the constant addition of new material at the Shaolin-Do school ensures that each student remains interested and challenged for a lifetime. Like the famous yin/yang symbol, the balance of these two unique strategies, SHAOLIN & TAI CHI, creates a powerful force and well-rounded martial artist.