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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).
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.
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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your taichi search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| dà yī / da4 yi1
daiichi / daichi / だいいち taichi / たいち ooichi / おおいち
first-year university student
(given name) Daiichi; (personal name) Taichi; (surname) Ooichi
| dà dì / da4 di4
daichi / だいち
earth; mother earth
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
| dà zhì / da4 zhi4
daichi / だいち taichi / たいち
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
|daichi / だいち taichi / たいち||
supreme wisdom; sage; (personal name) Masakazu; (personal name) Hirosato; (personal name) Hirokazu; (surname) Daichi; (surname) Taichi; (surname) Ootomo; (surname) Oochi
|taichi / たいち||
ground to ground
|taichi / たいち||
(n,vs,adj-no) opposing (a thing) to (another); contrast; contraposition; antithesis; counterposing
| dì zhì / di4 zhi4
cognition of reality
| dǎi zhì / dai3 zhi4
|taichi / たいち||
(female given name) Taichi
|taichi;daichi / たいち;だいち||(ant: 小智・1) supreme wisdom; sage|
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(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
|taikyoku||tài jí / tai4 ji2 / tai ji / taiji||t`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.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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