Tai Chi Chuan has been known by many different names. One of the more common ones is called the “Supreme Ultimate Fist“. Tai Chi’s origins like many things lost to history is shrouded in mystery. Some things I’ve read date Tai Chi to the 1800’s others date the orgins back even further. The reality is it really is hard to date any of the martial arts because we can see instances of martial arts throughout antiquity.
While many martial artist will tell you that their system started at such and such date or that their style originated from such and such place I believe their is a much bigger picture. I believe that martial arts has been passed down from generation to generation since the beginning of time. Because there is so much information it’s up to you the student to study all the information and see where it leads you.
I caution you though to take everything you read with a grain of salt. Unfortunately things like ego and pride jade the truth. So you will have to look at all the data that we have available and decide for yourself what sounds true to you. [Read more…]