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10 Apr 2006

tai chi and chi kung

What is the difference between tai chi and chi-kung ?I read that
without chi-kung taichi is simply a dance and nothing all....

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Tai Chi expert
tai chi expert

01 Jan 0001

Hi Ruan,

Thank you for posting to the Tai chi forum.
I will try and keep my answer short and simple. You can visit to read up more about Tai Chi and Chi Kung.

Most basic and direct translation:
Tai Chi (Chuan) - Supreme Ultimate (Fist/foot)
Chi Kung - Work/flow of energy

If you want to think of an motor vehicle then Chi Kung are the wheels of this vehicle and the rest of the vehicle is known as Tai Chi. In the beginning stages of ones Tai Chi training one will greatly benefit from Chi Kung traininng which consists of various breathing, stretching, balancing, strengthening mind focussing exercises which compliments your Tai Chi training. These excercises are all designed to promote the flow of energy throughout your body and prepare your body/mind for the Tai Chi training that is to follow. Your Tai Chi is a far more advanced form of Chi Kung which takes much longer to master and to reap the benefits from. It is also a very comprehensive form of Martial Art which also serves as a form of meditation in motion.

So yes the two should not be seperated. Although there are allot of people who practice Chi Kung on it's own which is more suitable than practising Tai Chi on it's own.

Kindest Regards

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