t'ai chi ch'uan

[tahy jee chwahn, chee]
a Chinese martial art and form of stylized, meditative exercise, characterized by methodically slow circular and stretching movements and positions of bodily balance.
Also, tai chi chuan;, Pinyin, tai ji quan [tahy jee chyahn] .
Also called t'ai chi, tai chi, tai ji.

1960–65; < Chinese tàijí quán literally, fist of the Great Absolute

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t'ai chi ch'uan (ˈtaɪ dʒiː ˈtʃwɑːn)
Often shortened to: t'ai chi a Chinese system of callisthenics characterized by coordinated and rhythmic movements
[Chinese, literally: great art of boxing]

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Word Origin & History

tai chi
1736, the "supreme ultimate" in Taoism and Neo-Confucianism, from Chinese tai "extreme" + ji "limit." The form of martial arts training (said to have been developed by a priest in the Sung dynasty, 960-1279) is first attested 1962, in full, tai chi ch'uan, with Chinese quan "fist."
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