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Tai Chi

 

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(Sifu Leng Tang - 2nd row from bottom, 7th from left
Sihing Paul O'Shea - 2nd row from bottom, 8th from left)

Tai Chi Chuan (Grand Ultimate Boxing) is an ancient form of Chinese martial art. As a form of self-defense and therapeutic exercise, Tai Chi Chuan has few equals. The Chinese people regard it so highly that it is considered one of the Five Excellencies; along with painting, poetry, calligraphy, and medicine.

Unlike other forms of martial arts, Tai Chi Chuan can be practiced by anyone, regardless of sex, age, or physical condition. This is because it requires little effort to perform. Slow, even, rhythmic movements are the distinctive features of its practice. The use of force, haste, and speed are discouraged. Relaxation, a calm mind, and deep breathing are the key elements of every training session.

Scientific evidence suggests that there are three basic therapeutic principles behind the effectiveness of Tai Chi Chuan: the restoration of vitality, the storage of physical energy, and the massaging action of the internal organs, which is achieved through diaphragmatic breathing. This therapeutic value is not only beneficial in treating ill health, but is quite effective as a preventive measure against illness.

Once learned, the Tai Chi Chuan routine takes only minutes to perform. Practice can be conducted almost anywhere, and all that is required are some loose garments.

The best thing about Tai Chi Chuan is the unique feeling of harmony and well being that is experienced upon completion of each practice session. The mind is clear, the thinking lucid, the body relaxed and the temper gentle.

Other benefits include:

  • Increased metabolic activity
  • Improved digestion
  • Sound sleep
  • Restored vitality
  • Self-defense skills

By getting started in a program, you take an intelligent step, which should provide mental and physical benefits for yourself not only in the immediate future but also for the rest of your life.

Potential health benefits

Flexibility. The choreographed exercises gently take your joints through their full range of motion. Studies show that the controlled movements can be helpful for people with arthritis (but they should check with their doctors before starting any exercise program).

Physical therapy. Some research has found that tai chi can be a form of physical aid in speeding up recovery from injuries.

Balance. The smooth, slow movements help instill physical confidence and may enhance balance and coordination. Older people who get training in Tai Chi experience comparatively fewer falls, according to some research.

Self-confidence. One study from the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that older people who took part in Tai Chi were less likely to feel limited in their physical abilities.

Pain relief. Evidence is accumulating that tai chi can reduce arthritis pain. Tai chi is gentle and less jarring than most other exercises; yet the movements, which require the knees and hips to be slightly flexed while you constantly shift your weight, help builds strength and alleviates joint pain.

Strengthening. Tai chi helps tone muscles in the lower body, especially the thighs, buttocks, and calves.

Posture. Your head, neck, and spine are usually aligned, thus relieving strain on the neck and lower back.

Relaxation. Tai chi can have some of the same psychological benefits as yoga. The concentration on the body's fluid motion and on breathing helps many people relax, and can relieve tension and anxiety.

Blood pressure control. Though studies have had conflicting results, there is some evidence that Tai Chi can help lower high blood pressure in older people, along with other remedial preventive measures such as diet and medication.

We at Tang Martial Arts Center are ready to help you get more charge out of your life and guide you on a journey to achieve your best. Give a gift to yourself, come and take our introductory classes.

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