Early Morning Tai Chi (太极拳) on Shanghai's Bund

Mark Bolton

Suzhou, China

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Taiji (太极拳) (Also Known as Tai Chi) on the Bund in Shanghai’s Waitan area, with the sunrise over Pudong’s Lujiazui area.

tai chi theory and practice evolved in agreement with many of the principles of Chinese philosophy including both Taoism and Confucianism. Tai chi training first and foremost involves learning solo routines, known as forms (套路 taolu). While the image of tai chi chuan in popular culture is typified by exceedingly slow movement, many tai chi styles (including the three most popular, Yang, Wu and Chen) have secondary forms of a faster pace. Some traditional schools of taiji teach partner exercises known as pushing hands, and martial applications of the postures of the form.

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