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General News · 16th January 2011
Wendy Legare
Tai chi is a passive martial arts form that uses slow, rounded, yielding, and precise movements. Practice on a regular basis enhances the accumulation, storage, and circulation of vital energy throughout the body. Well documented medical testing shows that regular practice leads to a positive state of mind, accompanied by relief from joint disorders, heart disease, hypertension, substance abuse disorders, and stress related illnesses.
There are several different forms and styles whose separate postures vary in number; but the teaching of softness and relaxation is common to all. The number of positions is not important; a few movements taught correctly outweigh many postures acquired hastily. The form can be modified to accommodate less agile participants, and being a low impact workout, tai chi can also be practiced in a wheelchair.
When asked, "What is the most important reason to study tai chi?", the late grandmaster Cheng, Man-ch'ing replied-
"When you finally reach the point where you understand what life is about, you will have some health to enjoy it."

TUESDAY classes resume at the GORGE HALL-January 18, 2011. Beginners welcome.
9:30 - 11. Please be on time.
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