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About Tai Chi

What Is Tai Chi?

The term "Tai Chi" is an accepted English equivalent of the Chinese word "Taijiquan" (Tijqun), where "Tai" means "grand" or "supreme", "ji" means "ultimate" and "quan" means "fist" or "boxing."

Tai Chi is a major branch of the traditional Chinese sport of Wu Shu. As a means of keeping fit, preventing diseases. It has been practiced since the 16th century. Its prime purpose is to promote health in a slow relaxed manner, without jarring and hurting one's body. The movements are slow, with great emphasis on posture and balance. Tai Chi makes an ideal complement to sport or other martial arts training as a warm up or warm down technique.

Tai Chi & Health benefits? Stimulate the mind, improving concentration, focus and co-ordination, Increase levels of fitness and muscle tone, Keep the joints flexible, Stimulate the circulation of the blood, Improve the function of the internal organs, Enhance the function of the central nervous system, Promote a general sense of well-being. Stress management can gain more immediate relaxation

Tai Chi Compare to Chi Kung?

Chi Kung is a health exercise based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. It emphasizes the flow of Chi through the acupuncture meridians and is excellent for calming the mind and regulating the breath.

Tai Chi emphasizes the natural movement of the joints and muscles and increases circulation and is excellent for improving the focus of the mind. Tai Chi forms and movements are more complicated than Chi Kung forms and movements

Where Does Tai Chi Come From?

It is accepted that the origin of Tai Chi was in the Chen Village in China. Today there are five main styles of Tai Chi: Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun and Woo (Hao). Each style is named for the family which traditionally created the style. Although each of the five styles has characteristics of its own, the essence of all is the same. The most popular style in China today is Yang style.









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