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The history of Tai Chi is a very long story.

 

 
It has been a sort of tradition in China to exercise and there is plenty of stories with different forms of meditation and exercising from ancient times.
As you propably know the Chinese has been able to write stories from before 4000 B.C . And if you show a chinese an over 2000 year old text they propably is able to read it.
The legend says that a wiseman by the name of Fuxi saw signs in the shell of a turtle and then used them for expressing himself. The chinese word for culture, wen-hua, means to transform by writing.
In some of these writings we are able to see a physician named Hua-tu'o that described a way for exercising the body with movements from animals like tiger, bear, deer, ape and birds. Hua-tu'o lived between 220-265 A.D in the time of the three kingdoms.
Hua-tu'o thought that animals always looked like they had a good, healthy living and therefore copied their movements. Before this we can also read about a wise man named Lao Tsu that wrote "Yield and overcome. Bend and be straight" and "He who stands on tiptoe is not steady. He who strides cannot maintain the pace". This Writing is dated from the origin of Taoism around 600 B.C and is the basic philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan. It simply says that you'll need a relaxed body to be able to fight.
Around 600 A.D there is some stories about a man called Tao Mo or Bodihdharma that visits the monisters in the Shao Lin temple and writes that the monks where in a very bad physical condition. This should be the result of too much meditation. Tao Mo therefore made the Eighteen Form Lohan Exercise that you see today in modern Gung Fu or external form of Martial arts.
Links about
Wikipedia about Bodhidharma
History of China

 

Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1539789314
ISBN-13: 978-1539789314
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Tai Chi Fit OVER 50 & TO GO with Tai Chi - The True History & Principles
2016 by Lars Bo Christensen A wonderful book containing new historical evidence about Tai Chi. This is essential information for everyone in Tai Chi, especially as we are presented with newly found information where it is now possible to trace the history of Tai Chi much further back in history. Not only do we get an account of this important information, but we also get a translation of the newly found Tai Chi texts from 1590. Lars Bo Christensen avoid making the history heavy and long, but instead tell a very compelling and interesting story.

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