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Tai Chi (Taiji)

Tai Chi is becoming more and more popular in the United States every day.It is considered an "internal" or "soft" martial art. Tai Chi or Tai Ji, the full term is "Tai Chi Chuan" or Tai Ji Quanis is translated as "Supreme Ultimate Boxing". This is one of the oldest forms of internal Kung Fu.Although primarily practiced today as a "moving meditation". It is wonderful exercise form for improving Qi balance, circulation, concentration and relaxation. Tai Chi is, in origin, a method of fighting. Tai Chi is one of the three internal martial arts of China. The difference between internal and external arts has been debated widely. It can be said that the internal arts are more concerned with how the body controls and generates inner strength and internal and external energy. The differences don't mean much, however, because at the highest levels of any martial art tends to reach the same realm of Qi. It is practiced for many reasons, including improving health and breathing, helping to calm your mind through meditation.

Harvard University Article

Researchers at Harvard University published that growing evidence has demonstrated that mind-body Tai Chi practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Combined with traditional treatment, Tai Chi appears to be valuable for several medical conditions such as: anxiety, depression, back pain, arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, sleep problems, and stroke. Participating in Tai Chi may also help to boost the immune system and improve respiratory-circulatory function. It will also burn calories, drastically improve balance, provide cardiovascular benefits, release stress and prolong both quality and quantity of life.

Through circular motions, Tai Gong exercise serves to improve Qi flow, re-channel Qi, mobilize Qi, increase energy levels, strengthen organs, ligaments and muscles and improves the transportation of oxygen, energy and nutrients for proper healing and body function. In fact, additional studies conducted by UCLA found that older people who practiced Tai chi and Qigong had a much better immune response against any virus.

Tai Gong for Mind-Body Wellness & Healing

TAIGONG:

Our Tai Chi class is held in a peaceful environment and incorporates Shaolin Qi Gong - breathing exercises - as a warm up and to help everyone to relax. New students will start learning the standard Yang style 24 movement form which is one of the most popular worldwide. From there, we progress onto more traditional forms, such as the Yang 108 movement form, and some short Chen style forms and Yang sword forms.