Tai Chi Chuan integrates body, mind, and spirit. It has been practiced for centuries in China. Tai Chi Chuan means “Grand Ultimate Fist” and implies “the balance of opposing forces of nature”. The traditional training is intended to teach awareness of one’s own balance, both physical and mental.
Tai chi bagan as a martial art, but today it’s most frequently practiced for its health benefits and meditative properties. However, at Zhong Ding Tai Chi Chuan, we equally emphasize both self-defense and illness-prevention, representing both yin and yang elements.
Modern researchers are confirming the health benefits of tai chi. Studies show regular practice builds strength, enhances both muscle tone and circulation, and improves balance, flexibility, posture, coordination, and range of motion. Some show that tai chi can lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as ease arthritis pain. It an also prevent osteoporosis, making it particularly beneficial to women, and helps reduce the incidence of falls in the elderly. Tai chi also helps reduce stress, improve concentration, and increase energy.
Unlike many other types of exercise, tai chi is accessible to people of any age and condition — from children to senior citizens, the healthy person to someone stricken with a fatal disease. It requires no special clothes or equipment, and it an easily be practiced at home.
Tai chi is based on the principle that mind and body are not separate parts of us; rather, they are different expressions of qi energy, or life force. The exercise of tai chi stimulates this energy and facilitates the balance of it within the body. Thus, tai chi practice connects mind and body, resulting in both health and vitality.