The inner body alchemy is activated, the meridians, the joints, the whole energy system is opened. What the eyes see is only a small part in the form of the outwardly perceptible sequence of movements. The main part of Tai Chi is the internal processes.
A calm mind, physical flexibility, a coordinated interplay of movement and breath, and thus control over the flow of chi. The act of balance, the highest goal of Classical Chinese Medicine.
Tai Chi's origins are based more in martial arts, while Qigong is derived from Chinese medicine. However, both use the same principles. A type of dynamic meditation that consciously links breath with movement to control the flow of chi in the body. Simplified, Tai Chi could be seen as an organized sequence of Qigong exercises.
To develop these invisible inner alchemical qualities requires patience, correction and repeated practice. Prior knowledge of other schools, such as martial arts, yoga, or all varieties of qigong, will facilitate training and shorten learning time.
The visible Tai Chi form can be learned within 1-3 months. The Tai Chi must grow in the body, the speed of growth depends on personal abilities, number of training hours and the teacher.