Tai-Chi Information Sheets
First, David Nelson's from his BOD-E-WORK school introductory literature:
"Functions and benefits of T'ai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung"
- Make the mind as still, quiet, and stable as possible
- Bring all the internal connections between the various body parts and the mind into operation
- Raise the efficiency of the internal organs
- Open up the spine and ll the joints of the body
- Promote healing and prevent injuries by increasing awareness of the body limitations
- Restore balance to body and mind, recuce stress, and create a sense of well being
Now, the sheets I added to David's and handed out at the Health Day demonstrations of Tai-Chi Chuan at Cuesta College
- BETTER BALANCE AND COORDINATION
- DECREASED ARTHRITIS
- LESS FALLING (2/3 FOR OLDER FOLK)
You can study Qi-Qong in the sitting position should you be confined in any way!!!
- BETTER CIRCULATION
- AWARENESS OF THE BODY AND ITS HEALTH
- PEACEFULNESS AND TRANQILITY OF THE MIND
- STRETCHING AND OPENING JOINTS TO IMPROVED CIRCULATION AND FUNCTIONING
- GOOD EXERCISE WITHOUT STRAIN TO THE BODY OR JOINTS
Aerobic exercise forces blood from the heart to the limbs, bringing oxygen to the limbs. Tai-Chi forces blood from the limbs back to the heart.
Tai-Chi is not competetive unless one wants to take part in demonstration competitions. YOUR goal can be:
- Purely for health benefits and stretching. A lifelong program of improvement. There are no "belts" or "levels." This is the choice of MOST participants!
- To lead into martial arts of varying types (the Okinawan, Japanese and Korean martial arts came from Tai-Chi fundamentals). The forms of Tai-Chi, called Qi-Qong (Chi-Gung) are the roots of the words QONG-FU (Kung-fu). Advanced studies of Tai-Chi, martially, lead to "push hands," sword methods, etc.
Don't worry...sword practice is NOT included in your normal recreational Tai-Chi studies *grin*
- The study of Chi. Chi is now being taught in holistic nursing classes across America. Chinese hospitals use Tai-Chi, rather than physical therapy, for their patients who have been hospitalized. The healing process is accelerated with the use of Qi-Gung exercises.
- Spiritual techniques. Tai-Chi came from the Shaolin priesthood in China. The study of the concepts of Tao increase the benefits to the whole body and mind.
STYLE OF TAI-CHI:
YANG...named after one specific master who developed a most common form. There are dozens/scores of styles. Some very energetic, some quiet, like Yang.
Videos can be helpful, but they can be very poorly done, or hard to follow. The best benefits from Tai-Chi are to be had from an instructor who can constantly make fine adjustments to your form and style for the benefit of your body. You will get the most benefit from the instructor who spends the most time on BASICS, adjustments of form, "rooting," and "softness." You will re-learn how to breathe the "pre-natal" way, a way choirs and singers have to re-learn in practice, having lost the ability while growing up.
You should go to each and every one in your area and watch. Find out if it is the form YOU would most enjoy. Study the instructor. Find out if he/she is patient and is only interested in the students continued success, no matter how little the student knows or is able to do. Talk to the participants. Get INPUT.
Then...go for it!!!