What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is the world’s most practiced martial art  boasting more than half a billion practitioners worldwide, with many who regard Tai Chi as a movement meditation.

Tai Chi originated in the early 18th century, with the practice of Qi Gong as the necessary technique, to cultivate the force that fuels the correct application and understanding of Tai Chi movements.

Both linked practices are considered part of the ancient Chinese health system. The definition of Qi Gong is “cultivating energy” with the aim of maintaining and improving health.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong practices can be divided as three different approaches: 

  1. Martial. 
  2. Medicinal.
  3. Spiritual. 

The foundation of both practices are based on three main fundamentals 

  1. Posture.
  2. Breathing.
  3. Mental focus. 

There are a wide variety of techniques in both Tai Chi and Qi Gong, ranging from simple internal forms to complex external styles.

Tai Chi is considered a soft and endurance building martial art and is predominantly practiced for health, longevity and as a movement meditation. This is because the movements are ideally performed in a relaxed and gentle flow, unlike other martial arts, which are performed with more speed and ferocity. 

Tai Chi was founded on the principle that the soft and unresistant will beat the hard and resistant. 

Therefore, Tai Chi teaches one to act in harmony with gravity, rather than oppose it, while simulating water to flow between movements.  The Tai Chi practitioner is always in connection with their opponent, the environment and the universe. 

The benefits of practicing Tai Chi regularly, produces a sense of serenity, resilience, sensitivity and moderation, also develops greater ease in overcoming obstacles and unifying the person with nature and the universe. In addition, Tai Chi and Qi Gong have positive effects on the respiratory and digestive tracts.

Despite the apparent simplicity and fluency of Tai Chi, this is an arduous meditation and combat art to master. 

Mind related issues such as stress, anxiety and depression decrease in people who practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong regularly.

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