According to legend, 800 years ago, the Taoist Zhang Sanfeng was living at the mountains of Butang in China and making elixirs for longevity. One night, while he was sleeping, The Great Jade Emperor came into his dream the great emperor and instructed him in the ways of the Tao and Chinese wrestling. Upon waking he immediately set about creating a new martial art which he named Tai Chi Chuan, “the grand supreme fist”.
According to historical facts, Tai Chi Chuan was developed in the Hunan, 300 years ago. In 1852 ο Yang Luchan introduced Tai Chi Chuan to Beijin and after that it spread all over China. The movements of Tai Chi Chuan resembles clouds wandering by and water flowing by. At Athens Bushido Center, we teach the Yang system where the wave-like shifting and the silent movements are even and of one form, and the breathing is deep and synchronised.
When practising Tai Chi Chuan, the goal is to develop fighting skills but also to ameliorate our helath in order to achieve longevity and inner harmony. Through Tai Chi Chuan’s exercise one can stimulate the ability of the human body to replace the energy lost in everyday life. According to medical research, Tai Chi Chuan increases the blood flow to the coronary arteries, it improves the synchronisation of the organs in the human body, it decreases the level of cholesterol, it helps with the metabolism and much more.