According to legend, T'ai Chi Ch'uan originated over a thousand years ago as a martial art by a Taoist priest. Its basic principle as a form of self defense is that strength is not as important as the proper application of force.
For hundreds of years, T'ai Chi Ch'uan was an elite form of self defense and meditation, taught only within the Chen family. T'ai Chi Ch'uan became available to more students when Yang Cheng Fu began teaching his family form. The Tung Family has continued this tradition for over three generations and it is from their lineage that our T'ai Chi form orignates. Today, T'ai Chi Ch'uan is practiced daily by persons of all ages and backgrounds throughout the world.