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The history of Tai Chi Chuan (aka Tai Chi) is centuries old, it has roots in traditions that date back at least 3 millennia. The principles on which the art is founded can be found in some of the earliest Chinese writings. Tai chi, as we know it today, initially gained fame in the 18th and 19th centuries as a powerful internal martial art.
In the 20th century, it also became known as a healing exercise.
Its praises have been sung by royalty, warriors, doctors, meditators and athletes.
Today, most students only learn a simple tai chi routine and some basic exercises.
But the traditional art still exists as a complete system for transforming mind and body.
The complete name of the art is “Tai Chi Chuan” or “Taijiquan.” The name was given to it only within the last two centuries, as a reference to the philosophical principle observed by martial artists of all styles.