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T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi Ch'uan (T'ai Chi for short) is a set of relaxed, slow motion movements that help to harmonize the mental, emotional, physical, and energetic aspects of an individual. T'ai Chi can be done by virtually anyone of any fitness level from the ages of 8 to 80.

The slow, relaxed movements of T'ai Chi produce a serene emotional state. Relaxing both the mind and the body helps to relieve the stress and tension that so many of us experience in today's society. T'ai Chi movements gently stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments and at the same time the internal organs gently massage each other. The intent of the mind directs the physical movements when doing T'ai Chi. The mind's calm focus is on each movement as greater self-discipline and body awareness are developed.

According to Traditional Chinese Medical Theory there are specific meridians or channels through which our ch'i (qi) or vital force energy flows. The T'ai Chi sets were designed to make this ch'i flow smoothly through all the meridians. When the ch'i is obstructed in these meridians there is a corresponding disharmony in the physical body. Doing T'ai Chi helps remove these obstructions of energy flow, thus bringing the whole body back into balance. This results in improving any existing conditions as well as helping to prevent possible problems in the future.

T'ai Chi is considered an internal martial art. Many self-defense principles and applications are included in the T'ai Chi movements; however, it takes several years of practice to be able to apply these techniques in an actual confrontation. Nevertheless, some understanding of the principles and applications can aid in knowing how the movements are properly done.

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