Tai Chi

Chen style Tai Chi

UWA staff practising tai chi
UWA staff practising tai chi
UWA staff practising tai chi
Photos by Adrian Noetzli

About Tai Chi (Taichi, Taiji, Taichi-chuan, Taijiquan)

Taichi is a traditional Chinese martial art and health exercise. It emphasises deep relaxation of the mind and body, and is based on Daoist philosophy. Through practice of the form students develop balance and strength, flow and flexibility. Through the martial arts applications, including self-defense exercises, students experience that deep relaxation leads to optimal action; indeed, taichi is a true example of the soft overcoming the hard, without brute force. As the principles of taichi are applicable to other activities, students are encouraged to enhance their daily life -- and through practice achieve deep comfort, higher performance, and peace.

Chen style Tai Chi

There are several "officially" recognised styles of taiji: Chen, Yang, Wu, Wuu and Sun. The Chen, Yang and Wu styles are the most common. Chen style is the original form of taiji, and is characterised by flowing athletic movements. Yang style was derived from Chen style taiji, and Wu style was derived in turn from Yang style.

The Chen form movements are named as below:

Chen taiji xiaojia form names
Chen taiji sword form names.


For a demonstration of Chen style tai chi, as taught in class, please visit this video of Master Chen Peishan, 20th generation successor of the Chen family, courtesy of the Princeton Tai Chi Club and available in full from the Chen family.


New classes are formed on request (especially if you have a pre-formed group), and private tuition is available.

The class can be tailored for your group, e.g. workplace wellness, older adults, university students, and general community. Exercises can be adapted to suit student needs, e.g. I worked with cancer patients at SolarisCare, St John of God Hospital.

Tai Chi for UWA Staff Wellbeing

In complement to Tai Chi and Qigong:
Wellness Workshops

Background of Anita Adhitya

I studied Chen Taiji barehand and sword forms and Wuwei Qigong with Master Wonchull Park, Wuwei Taichi School (Princeton, NJ, USA). Master Park is my primary teacher; we established the Princeton Tai Chi Club, which I led for a number of years, and I assisted in his classes. Master Park's Chen Taiji teacher is Master Chen Peishan, 20th generation successor of Chen Taiji, and the Chairman of the International Society of Chen Taiji. Master Chen Peishan's form is xiaojia (small form) Chen taiji, a softer, more internal style of taiji than the more commonly seen dajia (large form) Chen taiji.

My approach focusses on the Daoist philosophy of "wuwei" (doing without doing), naturally allowing optimal action, health and relaxation. I view taiji as a way of living: its underlying principles are as relevant and interesting to mundane activities as they are to peak performance. With a background also in physics, I bring both scientific and traditional approaches to the work.

In addition to taichi and qigong, I practise acupressure.


International Society of Chen Taijiquan (ISCT) - Master Chen Peishan, Master Chen Peiju
Wuwei Taichi School - Master Wonchull Park
Princeton Tai Chi Club


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Tai Chi
Perth, Australia
Last updated 13/2/18
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