What is Tai Chi?


Tai Chi means different things to different people.  For some it is a meditative and relaxing form of exercise that can be practiced by people of all ages for health and longevity.  For others it is a lethal martial art incorporating weapons, self defense, and fighting techniques.  However, most people study Tai Chi for its renown health giving qualities and to gain a sense of inner peace, calm, and connection to nature.  Due to different possible ways to translate the Chinese language and western popular culture, Tai Chi, technically Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Fist) is sometimes written Taiji and other phonetically similar ways.

Tai Chi consists of a series of slow choreographed movements, much like a dance, that can be performed at full speed or improvised in order to use as a self defense or in a martial/fighting sense.  There are many different styles of Tai Chi but almost all are practiced slowly over and over again to train the mind and coordination and to increase internal bioenergy and health in the body (Chi or Qi).  Tai Chi falls under the category of “Chinese energy work” or Qigong (Chi Gong, Chi Kung, Kung Fu.)  It can be thought of as a sort of Chinese Yoga with martial/fighting aspects integrated into it.

One of the main tenants of any energy work is that where the mind goes the energy follows (Yi Dao Qi Dao.)

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