Tai Chi History

Tai Chi Chuan is one of the most graceful styles of martial arts. Often called ‘meditation in motion,’ Tai Chi Chuan is focused upon the development of internal energy and consists of slow, precise movements, which can be practiced by people of all ages. Tai Chi is one os several internal or otherwise known as soft forms included in the ancient Chinese system of therapeutic martial arts. Possibly the oldest and most respected of all Chinese therapeutic martial arts, when practiced in its original context, Tai Chi can play an important role in health maintenance.

The typical health benefits for Tai Chi Chuan are well known, such as balance, agility, vitality, calmness and mental freshness. The emphasis of Tai Chi is on its internal aspects of energy and mind and methods of energy control like improving breathing techniques, clearing energy passage-ways in the body, disposing toxic by-product more effectively, and regulating energy output. The slow and continuous movements of Tai Chi gently stimulates the metabolism without unduly stressing it while at the same time creating a condition of deep relaxation. This, in turn, gradually warms the whole body, permitting the blood and Chi, an invisible life force, to flow unhindered. Slowness of movement allows the whole body to be consciously relaxed and the breath regulated in accordance with the body actions. In the practice of Tai Chi the mind is stilled and all distracting thoughts are eliminated.

The calm mind is an essential aspect of Tai Chi, giving it its meditative quality. Learning Tai Chi correctly develops balance, flexibility, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body’s vital center, and so on. The slow twisting movements and emphasis on suspending the head as if from above, stimulate the central nervous system, so that one is simultaneously relaxed and made more alert. OK, so now you know a little bit about Tai Chi.

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