Chi Chuan (Tai Chi or Taiji) is a form of exercise that
is both a martial art and a meditative discipline that
originated in China. Tai Chi is actually a form of Chi
Gong (Chi Kung or Qi Gong). Tai Chi differs from many
other forms of exercise because it utilizes a holistic
approach to enhance one’s health using both mind and
body. It is excellent for strengthening the body and
improving flexibility on many different levels. The
movements of the more popular forms of Tai Chi are
slow-paced, non-impact and not strenuous. The practice
of Tai Chi does not tax or deplete the body's energy
level; rather it creates strength and increases one's
vital life force. The movements give every part of the
body-muscles, bones and joints-a chance to exercise. The
breathing methods enhance deep relaxation throughout the
entire body and mind.
for the Benefits of Tai Chi.
What is Kung Fu?
The Chinese martial arts, properly known as "Wu Shu" (literally “War Art”) in China or "Kung Fu" in the U.S., are over 5,000 years old and are the most widely practiced of all sports in China. Included under the umbrella of Wu Shu is the well know discipline of Taiji or Tai Chi. Wu Shu started Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu, and it has influenced all of the Asian martial arts known today. However, despite many similar characteristics, Kung Fu as it is practiced at CMAI differs significantly from those types of martial arts in that we still have a more holistic implementation of the various aspects of Chinese martial arts rather than digressing into specialty areas (i.e. Tae Kwon Do which focuses on kicking) which tend to ignore very pragmatic and viable martial art methods. At the Chinese Martial Arts Institute, one can still experience the “real deal” authentic martial arts that can work in the street or in a competition.
We are one of a very few institutions in the country that provides both traditional Kung Fu with its very practical applications (for self defense) and contemporary Wu Shu (for exhibition) with its beautiful movements. Required within our curriculum for adults, is specific knowledge of Shaolin Chin Na. This is a very rare and highly effective style of Chinese martial arts that only a handful of instructors globally truly know.
The Chinese Martial Arts Institute is dedicated to the highest quality of
martial arts training. We are committed to continually enhancing our programs to help our students grow physically and mentally. We have time proven methods, drills, safety tips that enable us to maintain a realistic approach to
self-defense situations. We "Build Confidence Through Achievement" and provide an environment conducive to positive relationships, fostering
self-discipline and self-confidence and self-respect." The
Chinese Martial Arts Institute offers a variety of
Training Programs, an
Online Store for secure purchases of uniforms and training gear, and
Virtual Training through our Members Area. For more specific information about The Chinese Martial Arts Institute, please visit our
About Us pages or just
Contact Us. Although we honor and practice
Martial Arts traditions that go back centuries, we are dynamic and have incorporated innovative modern training techniques and are constantly seeking new ways to enthuse and excite our students.