Tai Chi Chuan, pronounced "tie chee chawn" and sometimes spelled Tai Chi Chuan, is a mild form of exercise promoting fitness and stamina with a feeling of mental and physical contentment. People who exercise on a regular basis have better circulation, muscle tone, and fewer illnesses. Daily playing of taiji, gradually strengthens the legs, improves muscle tone, and benefits health in many ways, such as improved circulation. Taiji also relaxes the body and the mind. This relaxed quiescent state cannot be attained in a matter of a few weeks; it is a gradual process. There is no "instant Taiji Mix" to which one just adds water and poof… instant Taiji. Fast paced lives produce tension and stress, some of which we may not be aware. It takes months or even years of playing Taiji for some students to begin to feel freedom from this tension. An important search for many is a measure of tranquillity in their lives. Taiji teaches us to stay relaxed and free from tension.
Here are a few other health benefits of studying Tai Chi Chuan.
Lower Blood Pressure
Better Respiratory Efficiency
Allows Proper Lubrication of the Joints
Improves Posture and Range of Motion
Aids in Digestion and Absorption
Shrouded in myths and legends of antiquity and popular belief, Tai Chi's beginnings were claimed to have emerged in the 15th century when a monk, upon observing a fight between a snake and a bird, supposedly devised movements based upon this battle. But in the 1930's, martial arts master Tang Ho conducted revealing research determining differently. It was concluded that Chen Wangting, ninth ancestor of the Chen family of Chenjiagou village; Wen County Hunan Province was the originator of the combat boxing of Chen Tai Chi. Five generations later, Chen style was passed to Chen Changxing (1771-1853) who taught Yang Luchan (1779-1872). Yang modified his original teachings and created Yang style Tai Chi, the most popular style today.
Students will begin with Yang style. Pushing hands and combat Tai Chi is also taught as part of the class. Taiji is for the young and old, as well as veterans and the newcomers to the arts. All can benefit from Tai Chi Chuan. Please speak with Sifu Glenwood Barnes to find out what Tai Chi can do for you.
Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is a form of Chinese exercise which dates back nearly a thousand years. Its origins are generally attributed to a man who developed exercises based upon Kung Fu movements, but not relying on strength. From this point on, it was primarily passed on to family members or trusted students.
Tai Chi is a flowing set of movements collectively referred to as the "form." Through the practice of the form, the current of biolectricity inside the body is enhanced, thus resulting in better health. The movements are performed slowly and in a relaxed manner, while focusing on the pattern of breath.
Chi Kung (Qigong) are exercises which resemble the movements of Tai Chi, but are performed in a stationary manner. Chi Kung exercises are commonly performed before Tai Chi as a warm-up (of sorts) to get things moving. Chi Kung has also been recognized for its medicinal value, perhaps more so than Tai Chi. Traditional Chinese medicine often incorporates Chi Kung exercises in its treatment of conditions; ranging from Arthiritis, heart conditions, and has even had success in treating patients with cancer and AIDS.
Both Tai Chi and Chi Kung are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. They are easy to learn, require no special equipment, and can be performed nearly anywhere. These exercises are especially popular among senior citizens, buth they are also enjoyed by people of all ages.
Some of the many benifits gained from practice are: