<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML//EN"><html><head><!--Designed and updated by Downtown Mars 5/17/2001 --> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="favicon.ico" > <title>T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy: Origins of T'ai Chi Ch'uan</title> <meta name="keywords" content="David Block,tai chi chuan academy,taichichuanacadmey,Asian Arts Center,Asianartscenter,tai,t'ai,taichi,taiji,'aichi,'aiji,chi,ch'uan,Chuan,Master,Tung,Dong,Kai,Ying,Chieh,Hu,Ling,Phoenix,Arizona, Yang,Hao,Chen,Wu,gong,kungfu,gongfu,exercise,chinese,asian,style,martial art"> <meta name="description" content="David Block - student of Master Tung Kai Ying for over 35 years, teaches T'ai Chi Ch'uan in Phoenix, Arizona at the T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy"> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"></head> <script language="JavaScript"> <!-- function MM_openBrWindow(theURL,winName,features) { //v2.0 window.open(theURL,winName,features); } //--> </script><body bgcolor="#f2e6d9" background="images_global/yellow_back2.jpg" link="#003366" vlink="#006699" alink="#003366"><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr valign="top"> <td colspan="2" height="2"><a href="index.htm"><img src="images_global/circle_sm.jpg" width="162" height="151" border="0" alt="T'AI CHI CH'UAN"></a><a href="index.htm"><img src="images_global/title.gif" width="50" height="151" border="0" alt="T'AI CHI CH'UAN"></a></td> <td width="72%" height="2"> <center><a href="#" onmousedown="MM_openBrWindow('http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&amp;countryid=US&amp;addtohistory=&amp;searchtab=address&amp;searchtype=address&amp;address=318+N+5th+Ave&amp;city=Phoenix&amp;state=AZ&amp;zipcode=85003&amp;search=++Search++','','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=900,height=900')"><img src="images_global/address.gif" border="0" alt="Map of School Address"></a></center> </td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td colspan="2" height="94"> <br> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> <tbody> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><a href="taichi.htm"><img src="images_global/taichichuan1.gif" border="0" alt="T'AI CHI CH'UAN"></a></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><img src="images_global/origins2.gif" alt="ORIGINS"></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><a href="instructor.htm"><img src="images_global/theinstructor1.gif" border="0" alt="THE INSTRUCTOR"></a></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><a href="schedule.htm"><img src="images_global/class1.gif" border="0" alt="CLASS SCHEDULE"></a></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><a href="tuition.htm"><img src="images_global/tuition1.gif" border="0" alt="TUITION"></a></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><a href="pictures.htm"><img src="images_global/pictures1.gif" border="0" alt="PICTURES"></a></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><a href="#" onmousedown="MM_openBrWindow('Brochure.pdf','','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes')"><img src="images_global/brochure1.gif" border="0" alt="BROCHURE.PDF (462KB)"></a></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="32"><a href="mailto:questions@taichichuanacademy.com"><img src="images_global/contact1.gif" border="0" alt="CONTACT US"></a></td> </tr> <tr align="right"> <td height="150"><a href="#" onmousedown="MM_openBrWindow('school.htm','','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=900,height=900')"><img src="images_global/school_sm.jpg" height="107" border="0" alt="T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy"></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td width="72%" height="94"> <blockquote><font color="#002346">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. </font> <p><font color="#002346">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.</font></p> </blockquote> </td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td colspan="2" height="14">&nbsp;</td> <td width="72%"> <blockquote> <p align="center"><font color="#003366"><b><font size="2">T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy, 318 N. 5th Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85003 <br>Tel. (602) 538-7686 </font></b></font></p> </blockquote> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </body> </html>