Tai Chi

by Richard Clear - Date: 2007-02-27 - Word Count: 297 Share This!

TaiChi is a complete and highly developed internal martial art (Neijia). A form of moving meditation, TaiChi promotes in the practitioner a sense of Qi (breath/life energy) circulation and health. As a martial art, TaiChi Chuan is powerful, fluid, and supple. A wonderful, fun and effective art on so many levels.

Many people with disabilities and ailments practice Tai Chi as therapy. This ancient Chinese exercise system uses slow and smooth body movements to help participants achieve a state of relaxation. It improves and maintains physical and mental health through stress reduction techniques, breathing and bioenergetics while also strengthening the cardiovascular and immune systems of the body. Tai Chi is proven to increase balance and lower blood pressure. Students also report that it helps to decrease arthritis, muscle and back pain and is an excellent way to help rehabilitate from old and new injuries.

The Chinese call life-energy Chi/Qi. The Chinese character for Chi also means air or breath. Chi Kung (pronounced chee kung and often spelled Qi-Gong) means "breath work" or "energy exercise." The primary purpose of Chi Kung is for the energetic healing of self and others. There are about 7,000 Qi-Gong exercises in the Chinese Medica (the encyclopedia of Chinese Medicine) and there are over 750 different kinds of Chi Kung. Tai Chi is a moving form of Chi Kung/Qi-Gong.

Nei Gung (Nei Kung) means internal work. Kung Fu means work skill or high skill attained through hard work. The goal of most authentic Tai Chi is to attain a high level of ability in internal Kung Fu.

Practice Tai Chi to live better and more productively. Tai Chi is a tonic for life. You will see your progress reflected by how spry you look in the mirror, how much you love life and how healthy you are.

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Sigung Richard Clear has over 30 years of continuous study in Tai Chi and Chi Kung both in the U.S. and China. http://www.clearstaichi.com" Your Article Search Directory : Find in Articles

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