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t'ai chi ch'uan

[tahy jee chwahn, chee] /ˈtaɪ ˈdʒi ˈtʃwɑn, ˈtʃi/
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] /ˈtaɪ ˈdʒi ˈtʃüɑn/ (Show IPA)
Also called t'ai chi, tai chi, tai ji.
Origin of t'ai chi ch'uan
1960-65; < Chinese tàijí quán literally, fist of the Great Absolute Unabridged
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t'ai chi ch'uan

/ˈtaɪ dʒiː ˈtʃwɑːn/
a Chinese system of callisthenics characterized by coordinated and rhythmic movements Often shortened to t'ai chi (ˈtaɪ ˈdʒiː)
Word Origin
Chinese, literally: great art of boxing
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Word Origin and History for 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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