Types of Martial Arts

Tai Chi

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The rhythmic, fluid movements of a Tai Chi practitioner are captivating to watch. An old Chinese proverb says,“Whoever practices Tai Chi regularly will in time gain the suppleness of a child, the strength of a lion & the peace of mind of a sage.”

 

Learning Tai Chi promotes health, develops combat & self-defence skills, improves concentration & overall well-being. There are two popular versions with 18 or 37 form movements & while it may appear simple to learn, Tai Chi takes time to master. Each posture must gracefully flow into the next without pause.

 

Classes begin with meditation to calm & clear the mind, followed by form instruction which focuses on Tai Chi: slowness, lightness, balance, calmness & clarity. It's a highly effective, peaceful & calming method of maintaining one's health & wellbeing.

The philosophy behind Tai Chi is that if one uses hardness to resist violent force, then both sides will be injured. Instead, Tai Chi students are taught not to fight or resist, but meet force with softness & follow or redirect the motion.

 

Tai Chi is often recommended to older people due to health benefits such as stress management, fall prevention, general healthcare, improving balance & enhancing psychological health. Students learn “forms”, a slow sequence of movements that focus on a straight spine, breathing & a natural range of motion as well as “pushing hands”.

 

There are three aspects to Tai Chi:

Health
Alleviate the effect of stress on the body, mind & develop physical fitness.

 

Meditation
Maintain focus & calmness

 

Martial Art
Understand Tai Chi & use an appropriate change in response to an attack rather than meet it with force.

 

Tai Chi is a graceful, healthy form of meditation in motion.

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