Yang Tai Chi
Traditional Chinese martial arts like Tai Chi aren't about breaking boards. They aren't about breaking bricks. Tai Chi is an art of movement and energy--rising, falling, turning, and circling. It is practiced in slow, gentle movements. We like to say that Tai Chi is the art of the movement of energy.
Tai Chi means Grand Ultimate--in other words, Tai Chi is the grand ultimate martial art. The benefits derived from the soft, internal style of Tai Chi can also be realized through the practice of Northern Dragon style Kung fu. These include the circulation of Qi (energy) throughout the body, the focusing of Qi in different parts of the body, increased Qi sensitivity and manipulation for self-care, increased balance and coordination, flexibility, joint health, and strengthening of the core and legs.
As the "Grand Ultimate" martial Art, it is a prerequisite that the rank of Orange sash be achieved in Northern Dragon style Kung fu before beginning the practice of Tai Chi. This prerequisite can be waived on a case by case basis.
Here are five reasons to add traditional Chinese martial arts, such as Tai Chi, to your life as a daily practice:
*When used to supplement traditional forms of treatment, it helps prevent and fight disease.
*It's as beneficial for the mind as it is for the body.
*It can help you age gracefully.
*It can teach you how to slow down -- and how to let go.
*It's accessible to almost anyone.
Source: "This Ancient Martial Art Can Fight Disease, Calm The Mind And Slow Aging", Huffpost.com
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