On a mission to teach you the best Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) for your health, cultivation and self defence
13 Dynamics was the name used by some of the original practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan. It refers to the eight primary ways of using physical power, combined with the five fundamental directions of movement. By understanding power and movement at a fundamental level it was believed that true spontaneity and mastery could be achieved.
Real Tai Chi Chuan, or 13 dynamics, is concerned with training the individual to master their bodily movement, learn to temper their emotions and understanding the movements of the mind and to recruit our human potential for maximal effect. As a martial art, this process is focussed towards acquiring real martial skills and ability, which can develop real personal self confidence.
The ancient origins of the art is from the philosophical Taoists, who sought to use martial arts as tools for achieving vibrant health, wellbeing and for real self defence, necessary in remote parts of ancient China where they resided. They also were very much concerned with using the martial arts for improving life quality, personal integrity and authenticity, training themselves to become more natural, spontaneous and living in harmony with natural rhythms and processes.
This version of Tai Chi Chuan is very complete, containing five key training systems to develop the right fitness, conditioning, skills and experiences to produce a fit and healthy martial artist that can use what they have learned in practical situations.
It’s an art that emphasises the use of trained strength and power, as well as excellent tactics to allow smaller people to be effective in self defence.
Training is suitable for everyone, no experience or fitness required.
Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) was originally a very martial practice, that also had additional personal cultivation elements
Tai chi was originally taught mainly to military personal and the imperial bodyguard of the Manchu Royal family in ancient China.
A man named Yang Lu Chan, who was a Tai Chi expert, got the job by defeating many of the top martial artists of the day, becoming known as ‘invincible Yang’ because his skills were truly sublime.
For a variety of reasons the vast majority practiced today is more of a beautiful exercise and mindfulness practice, rather than a full blooded martial art. Most lineages lost their fighting knowledge and ability.
Our lineage comes directly from Cheng Tin Hung, Asia’s most renowned real fighting Tai Chi master, who proved himself in competition by beating the 3 time national full contact champion of Taiwan in his first competition. He also had an unsurpassed reputation in the real world, in the tough streets and world of Hong Kong’s martial arts scene in the 50’s to the 80’s.
Sifu (teacher) Cheng also carved out an excellent reputation as a teacher of the art for health, self defence and also competition fighting. The Hong Kong government recruited him to run their official teacher training programs throughout the colony. In the blood sport style, full contact lei tei fights popular amongst serious Kung Fu fighters back then his school achieved an amazing 32 wins from 33 matches, failing only once.
This Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) system is balanced, including an equal amount of Yin or Yang training
Tai Chi is the name given the the philosophical symbol below. It shows that Yin and Yang work together to create, change and destroy all phenomena in the known world.
In the real martial art of Tai Chi we recognise the value of Yin and Yang and simply use the most appropriate aspects of the dynamic in the flow of each situation.
Yin training can
- Promote relaxation
- Refine technique
- Develop focus and awareness
- Improve breathing
- Develop coordination
- Increase sensitivity
- improve flexibility
Yang training can help with
- Strength and power building
- Toughness and mental strength
- Martial experience
- Personal assertiveness and confidence
The syllabus and approach to the art has been carefully synthesised and curated by Neil Rosiak, who has over 30 years of training in Tai Chi.
Neil was originally taught by Dan Docherty, the famed Tai Chi full contact fighting champion, and has continually added to his understanding by continually researching the approaches of other teachers within this lineage of the art.
Some of Neil’s experiences within Tai Chi.
- learned for many years from Dan Docherty, 1980 international full contact fighting champion of southeast asian
- Won the British Tai Chi Championships in pushing hands
- Won the European heavyweight Tai Chi championship in pushing hands
- Trained dozens of British and European Tai Chi pushing hands champions
- Fought for the Heavyweight MMA championship of the Uk at the first professional event held in England, making him the first Tai Chi based professional MMA competitor
- Was sports science/strength and conditioning columnist for Combat magazine
- Carried out dozens of research sessions with Cheng Kam Yan, son of the legendary Tai Chi master, Cheng Tin Hung
- Trained several national champions and two world champions in full contact Chinese kickboxing (San Da)