The Art Of Tai Chi
Tai Chi - An Ancient Chinese Martial Art
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that was practiced for many centuries in China. This unique martial art is also practiced because of its many health benefits.
Tai Chi is mostly known for its slow and gentle movements. The reason for this is because the art emphasizes the correct form and feeling with each and every movement.
By involving the entire body with little to no impact, Tai Chi promotes strength, flexibility, and stamina. With the entire body being taught to move as a whole, Tai Chi cultivates the link among the mind and the body, helping to enhance one's coordination and balance. It can also help with the joints as well, especially if an individual is very stiff in the joints.
It is common to see people practicing Tai Chi at parks. This is especially true in my country and most of these people are old folks and I always thought their slow movements funny. That was before I learn about the benefits of this wonderful ancient martial art.
Why Internal Energy or Chi is Important?
Don't let the words 'martial art' fool you. Practicing Tai Chi involves very little striking, offensive, or even defense techniques. See it as a way to improve your general health like yoga. The slow and gentle movements involve all of the major muscles and joints in the body, helping to circulate internal energy, or chi. The Chinese believe that internal energy, or chi is what prevents or stops diseases.
When practicing the art, the body will remain very soft and relaxed, just like it was suspended from the top of the head with the joints being similar to that of a puppet. The mind of the student is focused on each movement, focusing on the flow of energy. By being relaxed and focused, you allow the energy to flow through your entire body.
Tai Chi Video
By Using Your Chi Everything You Do Seems As If It Is Weightless
Even though you are soft and relaxed, you are still constantly moving. The energy that flows through your body never stops, it keeps you moving. When you move in reality, it takes little to no energy to make a movement. By using your chi, everything you do seems as if it is weightless.
In combat, a Tai Chi student or practitioner uses his opponent's energy against him. The Tai Chi practitioner is very relaxed, believing that the energy of the opponent can be used against him. There is little to no strength involved. When the opponent becomes weak and tires himself out - the Tai Chi practitioner attacks. This way, the opponent has very little energy left for defense or even attacking.
Tai Chi for Beginners
BodyWisdom Media: Tai Chi for Beginners
This DVD contains 8 easy-to-follow lessons that teach the Tai Chi postures with clear, step-by-step instructions. Highly recommended by users.
Yang Tai Chi for Beginners (YMAA Taijiquan) Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (2012)
This video has running time of 293 minutes. A very good video for those who are interested to learn Tai Chi.
Step-By-Step Tai Chi [Paperback]
Detailed and easy to follow step by step instructions with color illustrations.
T'ai Chi For Dummies [Paperback]
This book is great for those who want to read about Tai Chi. The explanation is simple and easy to understand. A good resource for those who intent to attend Tai Chi lesson.
Tai Chi is one of the oldest styles of martial arts, and one of the hardest to find these days. Just like other martial arts, such as Tiger Claw and Ninjutsu, it can be very hard to find a dojo that teaches the art. If you can find a dojo that teaches the art of Tai Chi, you really shouldn't pass it up. It can teach you a lot about internal energy and your spiritual well being - learning more about yourself than you ever thought possible in the process.
Tai Chi Gear
that you might want
Tai Chi Uniform (Clothing) - White, Red and Black
Available in red, black and white.
Light Weight Kung Fu/Tai Chi Pants
Rubber Sole Kung Fu Tai Chi Shoes
Classic Tai Chi shoes.