TAI CHI IS A TYPE OF MARTIAL ARTS VERY WELL KNOWN FOR ITS SELF-DEFENSE TECHNIQUES AND HEALTH BENEFITS.
Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. The movements of tai chi are performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FOR THE ART OF TAI CHI
Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
Tai Chi Chuan, which translates to “Supreme Ultimate Boxing” was developed in China during the 17th century. As one of the primary systems of “internal” martial arts, Tai Chi consists of several styles, each with similar but nuanced philosophies. Like many early martial arts, Tai Chi was initially only accessible to students who were welcomed into specific lineages. However, as knowledge of Tai Chi’s martial and health benefits became more widely known, the art was popularized among general practitioners within and outside of China.
Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan is the most popular of the Tai Chi styles and forms the foundation of our internal martial arts system. Yang Style is characterized by slow and refined movements and is an effective system for both health and self-defense. In AQIS, students begin their training with what is known as the Yang Style 64-Movement 38 Posture form. This form introduces students to the principles of correct movement, balance, and posture. As students improve each of these areas, they also learn to recognize and address structural imbalances.
At AQIS, we believe it is important for students to understand how internal systems of training relate to each other. Therefore, in addition to Yang Style, we teach several other internal martial arts, including Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-yi Chuan, and Baguazhang. Each of these systems is comprised of both empty-hand and weapons-based forms and provides students with a comprehensive base for self-development.
WHY TRY TAI CHI?
When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi include:
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Increased aerobic capacity
- Increased energy and stamina
- Increased flexibility, balance and agility
- Increased muscle strength and definition
Some evidence indicates that tai chi also may help:
- Enhance quality of sleep
- Enhance the immune system
- Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
- Improve joint pain
- Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
- Improve overall well-being in older adults
- Reduce risk of falls in older adults