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Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

China tài jí quán
Japan tai kyoku ken
Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan Vertical Wall Scroll

太極拳 is the famous Taoist meditation and martial art exercise. The direct translation of these characters would be something like "grand ultimate fist" but that does not quite hit the mark for what this title really means.

An early-morning walk through any city in China near a park or open area will yield a view of Chinese people practicing this ancient technique.

The typical scene is an old man of no less than 80 years on this earth, with a wispy white beard and perhaps a sword in one hand. He makes slow moves that are impossibly smooth. He is steady-footed, and always in balance. For him, time is meaningless and proper form and technique is far more important than speed.

For the younger generation, faster moves may look impressive and seem smooth to the casual observer. But far more discipline and mental strength is needed to create perfectly smooth moves in virtual slow motion.

Note: There are two ways to Romanize these Chinese characters as seen in the title above. The pronunciation and actual characters are the same in Chinese. If you really used English sounds/words to pronounce this, it would be something like "tie jee chew-on" (just make the "chew-on" as one flowing syllable).

Tai Chi Chuan Dao
Tai Ji Quan Dao

China tài jí quán dào
Tai Chi Chuan Dao / Tai Ji Quan Dao Vertical Wall Scroll

太極拳道 is the common Tai Chi Chuan title with "Dao" (the Way) added to the end.

If you're not sure, I suggest the shorter titles such as "Tai Chi Chuan," or just "Tai Chi."

Tai Chi / Tai Ji

China tài jí
Japan taikyoku
Tai Chi / Tai Ji Vertical Wall Scroll

太極 is the shortened title for Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Ji Quan that as sometimes used in Western countries. Basically just removing the last character which means fist. I don't recommend this two-character selection because it's not really a word without the third character in Japanese and Chinese.

Five Elements Tai Chi Fist

China wǔ xíng tài jí quán
Japan go gyou tai kyoku ken
Five Elements Tai Chi Fist Vertical Wall Scroll

五行太極拳 is a certain school or style of Tai Chi (Taiji). The characters literally mean "Five Elements Tai Chi Fist."

In Taiwan, it would be Romanized as "Wu Hsing Tai Chi Chuan" - see the standard Mandarin method above in the gray box (used in mainland China and the official Romanization used by the Library of Congress).

The last three characters are sometimes translated as "Grand Ultimate Fist," so the whole thing can be "Five Elements Grand Ultimate Fist" if you wish.

I have not confirmed the use of this title in Korean but if it is used, it's probably only by martial arts enthusiasts. The pronunciation is correct as shown above for Korean.

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin dà yī / da4 yi1
Taiwan ta i
Japanese daiichi / daichi / だいいち    taichi / たいち    ooichi / おおいち
Chinese first-year university student
Japanese (given name) Daiichi; (personal name) Taichi; (surname) Ooichi


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Mandarin dà dì / da4 di4
Taiwan ta ti
Japanese daichi / だいち
Chinese earth; mother earth
Japanese ground; earth; the solid earth; the (vast) land; (personal name) Hirokuni; (personal name) Daidzi; (p,s,g) Daichi; (surname) Daiji; (given name) Taichi; (place-name, surname) Oochi; (place-name, surname) Ooji
Great earth, the whole earth, everywhere, all the land, etc; great ground


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Mandarin dà zhì / da4 zhi4
Taiwan ta chih
Japanese daichi / だいち    taichi / たいち
Japanese supreme wisdom; sage; (personal name) Hirotomo; (female given name) Daichi; (personal name) Taichi; (surname) Ootomo; (surname) Oochi
Mahāmati; cf. 大慧; Great Wisdom, Buddha-wisdom, omniscience; a title of Mañjuśrī, as the apotheosis of transcendental wisdom; great cognition


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Japanese daichi / だいち    taichi / たいち Japanese supreme wisdom; sage; (personal name) Masakazu; (personal name) Hirosato; (personal name) Hirokazu; (surname) Daichi; (surname) Taichi; (surname) Ootomo; (surname) Oochi


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Japanese taichi / たいち Japanese ground to ground


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Japanese taichi / たいち Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) opposing (a thing) to (another); contrast; contraposition; antithesis; counterposing



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Mandarin dì zhì / di4 zhi4
Taiwan ti chih
Japanese taichi
cognition of reality


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Mandarin dǎi zhì / dai3 zhi4
Taiwan tai chih
Japanese taichi
to attain


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Japanese taichi / たいち Japanese (female given name) Taichi


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Japanese taichi;daichi / たいち;だいち Japanese (ant: 小智・1) supreme wisdom; sage

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Ji Quan
tai kyoku ken
tài jí quán
tai4 ji2 quan2
tai ji quan
t`ai chi ch`üan
tai chi chüan
Tai Chi Chuan Dao
Tai Ji Quan Dao
tài jí quán dào
tai4 ji2 quan2 dao4
tai ji quan dao
t`ai chi ch`üan tao
tai chi chüan tao
Tai Chi
Tai Ji
taikyokutài jí / tai4 ji2 / tai ji / taijit`ai chi / taichi / tai chi
Five Elements Tai Chi Fist五行太極拳
go gyou tai kyoku ken
go gyo tai kyoku ken
wǔ xíng tài jí quán
wu3 xing2 tai4 ji2 quan2
wu xing tai ji quan
wu hsing t`ai chi ch`üan
wu hsing tai chi chüan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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