What does Tai Chi mean?

Tai Chi Chuan is the full name for what most people refer to as Tai Chi. Tai Chi means ‘The Supreme Ultimate’ and encompasses philosophical and spiritual concepts. As a philosophical term Tai Chi relates to the two opposing forces, Yin and Yang as well as the balance and integration of the two. These opposites naturally complement each other rather than oppose. The term ‘Chuan’, although translating as ‘fist’ or ‘boxing’ actually means ‘Martial techniques’. Tai Chi Chuan is an extremely effective form of self defence that was originally adapted from some of the best techniques of Kung Fu.