|Classes in Yang
Style Tai Chi Chuan
are offered at Wang's Martial Arts and
cover such things as:
Tai Chi Class Schedule
noon - 1:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
on Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan consists of a
carefully choreographed sequence of slow, light, continuous, circular,
and rhythmic movements which are performed in such a way as to stimulate
every major system in the body (muscular, respiratory, circulatory, nervous,
digestive, and excretory). Tai Chi Chuan is symbolized by the Tai Chi
diagram, which represents the dual relationships in nature, such as light
and dark, soft and hard, hot and cold. It is by the attainment of a real
balance between two extremes that harmony is achieved. The effect of practicing
Tai Chi Chuan regularly is to establish an equilibrium of the vital systems
of the human being and thus bring harmony to the mind, body, and spirit.
The twenty minute exercise
is performed without the use of external strength or speed, but rather
enhances the development of keen concentration and body awareness so that
students of all ages and sizes may learn to employ timing and balance
in defensive moves against an opponent. The movements in Tai Chi Chuan
consist of blocks, grabs, kicks, and punches that are performed in a slow,
continuous, and relaxed manner which, with diligent practice, become automatic
and extremely effective when used in self-defense.
To practice Tai Chi Chuan, one needs to wear comfortable clothing and to find a space approximately twenty feet square, preferably away from noise and other distractions. Students are encouraged to practice every day, twice a day, in the morning before breakfast and in the evening, an hour before bedtime. Because the essence of Tai Chi Chuan can only be achieved through total concentration and the relaxation of all muscles in the body, everyday worries will be put aside, and after completion of the Tai Chi Chuan exercise, there will be an absence of fatigue and a feeling of renewed vigor. It is said that whoever practices Tai Chi Chuan correctly and regularly twice a day over a period of time will gain the pliability of a child, the health of a lumberjack, and the peace of mind of a sage.
Tai Chi Chuan Schedule ( All Ages )
The Gentle Healing Power of Tai Chi
"Energy Times" magazine: October 2004
| It certainly doesn't look like a health power
move, a group of people in a park or community center all moving in gentle,
yet focused, unison as though they were swimming in air.
But in study after study, Tai chi- "moving harmony" in Chinese- has provided a powerful array of health benefits. For example, tai chi has helped:
· People with rheumatoid arthritis develop greater range of motion in affected joints.
· Protect seniors against the virus that causes shingles, a painful skin condition.
· Make life easier for people with fibromyalgia, a pain disorder linked to chronic fatigue.
· Reduce blood pressure and total cholesterol, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
· Improve aerobic capacity, balance control and sleep quality among older people.
Proponents point to tai chi's effects on qi, the vital energy flow within
everything and everyone, as the source of its strength. "The circulation
of energy is vital to health," says Master Lam Kam-Chuen, an international
tai chi authority and author of Tai Chi for Staying Young (Fireside).
He says that tai chi's movements contract and release muscles throughout
the body, restoring flexibility and encouraging blood flow.
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