t'ai chi ch'uan

[ tahy -jee -chwahn, chee ]
/ ˈtaɪ ˈdʒi ˈtʃwɑn, ˈtʃi /
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a Chinese martial art and form of stylized, meditative exercise, characterized by methodically slow circular and stretching movements and positions of bodily balance.



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Also tai chi chuan; Pinyin, tai ji quan [tahy -jee -chyahn]. /ˈtaɪ ˈdʒi ˈtʃüɑn/.
Also called t'ai chi, tai chi, tai ji .

Origin of t'ai chi ch'uan

First recorded in 1960–65, t'ai chi ch'uan is from Chinese tàijí quán literally, “fist of the Great Absolute”

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t'ai chi ch'uan
/ (ˈtaɪ dʒiː ˈtʃwɑːn) /


a Chinese system of callisthenics characterized by coordinated and rhythmic movementsOften shortened to: t'ai chi (ˈtaɪ ˈdʒiː)

Word Origin for t'ai chi ch'uan

Chinese, literally: great art of boxing
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