'Grand Ultimate Fist'
Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art derived from the Taoist principal of balance (the Yin/Yang). Defining characteristics of tai chi include slow, purposeful movements that energizes the body, calms the mind and soothes the nervous system. There are many styles of tai chi.
I share the Wu Style Short Form. The Wu Short Form encompasses all of the benefits of the Traditional Long Forms without extended and repetitive choreography. This is very important because the students of long forms often spend all their years of practice "perfecting" the external choreography and never getting to the internal motions.
Learning a tai chi form is just the beginning, consider it a vessel to fill with internal movement. With a little attention, an empty movement can be transformed into one that soothes, heals and strengthens the entirety/whole of a person. Practicing qigong or tai chi without the purposeful inclusion of the basic internal principals... is the equivalent of carrying a really nice wallet with no money in it.
Maintaining a continuous motion is a principal of tai chi practice that releases the accumulated stress and tension of modern life. This principle of motion is found in many aspects of practice; breath. motion, mind.
e.g. Being in the present moment and paying attention to what is happening 'right now'. By avoiding any projecting into the future or lingering in the past. This continuous motion of the mind will clear, focus, and recharge the mind.
In life, just as in tai chi... it is the graceful transition from one happening to the next that generates health, balance and longevity. With each tai chi movement it is possible to increase the body's breathing capacity, increase physical stamina, release stress, improve mental stamina, and massage and cleanse the internal organs.
With steady practice, the skill sets demonstrated during the practice of tai chi start to trickle down/out into everyday living. To the extent that all motion of a practitioner can encompass the internal principals of tai chi. e.g. long even breaths, tonified proprioception, enhanced balance, emotional stability.