Definition of t'ai chi ch'uan in English:

t'ai chi ch'uan

(also t'ai chi)


mass noun
  • 1A Chinese martial art and system of callisthenics, consisting of sequences of very slow controlled movements.

    • ‘In the spring and summer months, I would use the garden for reading, sunbathing, writing, eating and t'ai chi.’
    • ‘The soft arts, judo, jujutsu, aikijujutsu, aikido, hapkido and t'ai chi chuan, use a theory of redirection of an attacker's force to deal with an assault instead of the harder arts, which meet force with greater force.’
    • ‘Meanwhile health clubs and beauty salons are marketing t'ai chi, saunas, mini-facials and flotation tanks as a means of surviving the pressure.’
    • ‘I generally relax by meditating or practising t'ai chi in the garden, which clears my head of irritating thoughts.’
    • ‘Throughout Friday there will be free taster sessions, including t'ai chi, self defence, line dancing, arts and crafts and basic computer tuition, held at the Central United Reform Church, in Duckworth Street.’
    • ‘The ancient art of chi kung (a distant cousin of t'ai chi, but simpler to learn) helps to loosen the body and focus the mind.’
    • ‘It takes a lot of yoga, massage or t'ai chi to achieve the level of relaxation which follows twenty minutes of flotation in the salt pool.’
    • ‘Appleton's retreat starts at 6.15 am with meditation, followed by t'ai chi overlooking the sea, then breakfast and meditation practice.’
    • ‘They critically reviewed 12 randomised trials, five of which reported benefits from strength and balance training, endurance training, or t'ai chi.’
    • ‘Concentrate on breathing properly, with exercises such as yoga, t'ai chi and qi gong.’
    • ‘During the next seven years I did mainly judo and jodo, and a number of other martial arts such as aikido, iaido, karate, and t'ai chi ch'uan.’
    • ‘Eleven years after her diagnosis Irene is still eating the green vegetables and oily proteins of her youth but has added aerobics and t'ai chi to her weekly programme, to help equip her bones for the struggle ahead.’
    • ‘Along with your breathing, repetitive movement like walking, jogging, swimming or t'ai chi can be used to induce a meditative state.’
    • ‘I also tried yoga, meditation and t'ai chi, but they were temporary highs, like writing.’
    • ‘Wang set up the first Chinese theatre and mime ballet, got funding for a Pagoda-style community centre and began giving classes on what was then the little known Chinese exercise and meditation art, t'ai chi.’
    • ‘Janet is chair of the group and a regular member of the t'ai chi class.’
    • ‘In the segment on the elderly, she visits a classful of women practising t'ai chi in Notting Hill and a group of ‘polar bears’, year-round swimmers on Brighton beach who range in age from 65 to 85.’
    • ‘Kasemsook has managed to combine gentle t'ai chi, yoga and classical Thai dance exercises.’
    • ‘As you practise meditation, t'ai chi or yoga, take time to be alone and connected with nature and your perception and intuition will increase remarkably.’
    • ‘Evidently I'm not the only one who is rethinking this whole gym thing, because my park is awash with grown men skipping, t'ai chi in the bandstand, and even punch bags tied to trees.’
  • 2(in Chinese philosophy) the ultimate source and limit of reality, from which spring yin and yang and all of creation.

    • ‘She specialises in t'ai chi and teaching people with high-pressure lives to connect with their body, instead of simply living in their heads, and explores how physical movement can deepen spiritual awareness.’
    • ‘As she investigates astrology, t'ai chi and hypnotism, she travels from sceptic to true believer.’


Chinese, literally ‘great ultimate boxing’, from tái ‘extreme’ + ji ‘limit’ + quán ‘fist, boxing’.


t'ai chi ch'uan

/ˌtʌɪ tʃiː ˈtʃwɑːn/