General News · 15th October 2012
As we get older most of us want to have more energy, good balance, flexibility and quick reflexes.
T'ai Chi is a soft internal martial arts form generally known by it's slow, rounded, and yielding movements that when practiced on a regular basis enhance the vital energy (ch'i) throughout the body leading to a healthier life and a stronger spirit. Well documented medical testing indicates regular practise leads to a positive state of mind, gives relief from substance abuse, joint disorders, heart disease, and stress related illnesses.
There are several different T'ai Chi forms and styles whose separate postures vary in number; but the teaching of softness and relaxation is common to all.
When asked, "What is the most important reason to study T'ai 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."
If you are curious or interested in learning the form that I have been studying for 23 years with master teacher Henry Wang in Comox who knows the difference between ch'i and cheese, come to an introductory practise this Tuesday morning. See Tideline calendar for info.