“Taiji Quan”, known here as “shadow boxing”, is practiced to re-establish a harmonious balance between the two opposing poles in the human being – yin and yang. Once this is achieved, the vital energy, qi, which plays a central role in Traditional Chinese Medicine, flows. The exercises are performed slowly, easy and relaxed in a natural flow.

Our Taiji class is currently held on Monday between 7pm and 8pm, and is taught by Mr. Matthias Lohoff, who teaches the ancient Yang style with great enthusiasm and dedication.

Mr. Lohoff is a teacher of sports and history at the Gymnasium. He practices Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan since 2004. He came to Tai Ji for health reasons and the interest to find a balance for his job.

“Tai Ji is a great asset to my life, and I enjoy the soothing effects of practicing on my body and soul. I practice and teach the ancient Yang style, founded by the Yang family in the 19th century. I received my education through Achim Szyska and Stephan Hagen. Stephan Hagen is a disciple of Master Gin Soon Chu and student and representative of Yang Ma-Lee, head of the Yang Family.”

In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD), a priest named Zhang San Feng lived in the Daoist monastery of Wudang. According to legend, this ascetic often struck deep into the wilderness of the mountains to gather medicinal herbs. During one of these reconnaissance trips, he witnessed a fight between a white crane and a snake that deeply impressed and inspired him to reform the traditional forms of Chinese art of war and create a new style of martial arts. This style should be practiced by all age groups, strengthen the body and teach self-defense. Zhang San Feng left the monastery and gave his new martial arts the name “Taiji Quan”.

Later, “Taiji Quan” was transferred to Wang Zong Yue from Shanxi Province. He perfected the method and wrote the basic work “Treatise on Taiji Quan”, which is still considered the “Bible” of Taiji Quan today. Wang Zong Yue was then responsible for the further spread of Taiji Quan into the Central Chinese Plain, where he taught masters including Master Jiang Fa of Zhao Bao City, Henan Province.

In the following centuries, the original style of Taiji was further passed on and modified in master-disciple relationships. He eventually branched out into six major schools: Zhao Bao style (赵 堡), Chen style (陈 式), Yang style (杨 式), Wu style (武 式), another Wu style (吴 式) and Sun style (孙 式). Although all styles come from the same source, each style has developed unique and distinctive elements that are practiced today by practitioners around the world.