Why practice tai chi?

On June 23, 2020 by taichitraveler

What’s tai chi? 

“To climb on the back of the dragon”

“Tai chi” is a Chinese martial art. It’s not a medical therapy. It’s an art of self-defense and exercise for your body. There are many variations of the tai chi style that train your body to react to your mind.

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For example, when you lose control of your emotions or sense of self, it becomes hard for you to exercise self-control in other situations. In tai chi, you’re trained to stay “in balance,” or, in the phrase of the instructor, “in jen.” 

In tai chi, all your efforts are directed right towards the Qigong point. From there you practice regular exercises, but there are many other avenues through which you may learn to understand nature. Here are just a few ways to bring in various elements of qigong:

You can do qigong anywhere, at any time. You can practice qigong at home, in the park, at work, on the street or at the coffee shop.

You can learn qigong anywhere, anytime. Learning qigong is as easy as sitting down and doing some kung fu. Qigong is like tai chi but as practiced on a daily basis, the body learns the energy dynamics in the body, the true air, and in space, better than if they studied tai chi chuan for 2-5 years. 

Qigong and tai chi both have an interdependence based on the connection of the human body to its qi. These internal and external energy channels are said to flow into each other, thus leading to the sustained flow of energy.

From Taoist origins, even before the Chinese started practicing their own form of acupuncture, China was already practicing Oriental medicine and other traditional healing arts (and indeed it is difficult to separate these practices from the original of ‘Chinese’ doctors in China).

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According to the Ancient Masters, the meridians are considered as at least one of the four physical means for entering the qi body. They take the form of water, wind, earth and fire and therefore constitute a kind of knowledge essential for any practitioner.

Which tai chi to learn?

Taijiquan (國術) and Wang Style Tai Chi (術職拳) are both Chinese martial arts. If you are new to Taijiquan, one of the best ways to learn is to learn a few more games and specific moves as the emphasis for kung fu styles are things like movement and dexterity. That said, the “best” type of martial arts you can study is a mixture of styles.

Many qigong and taiji styles combine elements from different schools. Other traditional martial arts will include elements from many different styles. Even the most advanced martial arts are often developed from many different methods of training and from different perspectives.

The easiest form of tai chi to learn for beginners is movement. It is also the most popular form. For the uninitiated, movement is simple: Yay, you can do it! But that is a misconception. One of the greatest things about Tai Chi is that it is the art of the inner self. The ability to really express yourself through movement is an art unto itself. You begin by practicing the “hands” where the whole body lifts up like an origami crane and then you move on to “feet,” the whole body raising up on the hands with foot sweep techniques, and “arms” where all four limbs move like fighters in a fire fight.

Here’s a good first tai chi lesson to begin with:

This video is a great start to learning tai chi. This tai chi moveset is excellent. The common mistake tai chi is told to avoid is is to do movements in a way that makes them appear faster. This move could just as easily be interpreted as slow. My biggest takeaway is that tai chi is actually very long. We have discussed the gong side of tai chi movements above, but there are other movements we need to consider to understand how tai chi movements relate to gravity. The bar (brick) on the ground is much heavier than the wall to the right. The weight of the bar pulls down and gravity exerts some pressure on the wall to the right.

Here’s when to practice tai chi  

Or qigong or any other type of exercise .  In order to achieve this self-improvement, you need a solid support system.  Once you learn and master some core foundational skills, you need to find balance, relative and absolute. I’m going to start with a very basic fundamentals goal to teach you how to begin to balance yourself and your life.  Balance requires 4 main elements: Body, Mind, Limbs, and Feet. For beginners, focus on Body, Mind, and Limbs.

What time to practice tai chi  is crucial, but I think it’s important to be open to the other side, to see what you don’t have, and then to find other things to do. A friend of mine says that during her tai chi practice she would watch her child while she was practicing, and sometimes she would ask what she was doing or point out some of the patterns. These moments had to be explored. People have a lot of one-upmanship when it comes to tai chi. You might have a personal tai chi balance, and you might see yourself in a mirror doing one thing, but when it’s someone else’s turn, you might see a very different thing.

When you practice tai chi  – whether you go out to a formal training or participate in an informal tai chi  – the space that is marked with these marks is important to understand. Unlike the traditional tai chi group, Tai Chi moves quickly and with a lot of energy. Its practitioners practice these kung fu moves with a lot of energy, which means it is important that they don’t feel uncomfortable. The training space is in essence a tai chi group. The second most important lesson you should understand is that the following questions exist in order to evaluate the level of a tai chi  participant’s ability.

When to do tai chi exercises

There’s no true rule about when to do tai chi exercises. Anytime you’re doing tai chi for the first time, there is a much better chance you’ll have a good day in the end. The following are a couple of the ways I would advise to start. However, you should use your own judgement. High Energy Day: I do tai chi every day.

I do the exercises before I do anything else. I do 3-5 exercises, and can do 5 more exercises if I have an extra day. High Energy Day is good if you’re feeling very energetic after a hard day of work. Maybe you needed a boost in your energy levels

What’s tai chi good for? Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are equally effective but they are not the same. According to Yoga, it is an emphasis on balance, health, adaptability and positive emotions.

Like tai chi, it is a mixture of science and spirituality. In both styles of yoga, we move from standing up to lying down, and rest between the moves. Generally, long-form yoga involves more stretching. Tai chi may have many years of practice under its belt, but can become tiring quickly.

Qi Gong, or muscle control, involves balancing over a long period of time, stretching and giving positive compliments. Both are good for the body and mind.

Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi forms are also important. Of course this will be easier if you can practice Kung Fu or Tai Chi. There are more and more schools practicing these disciplines, and even if you just watch TV, there will be videos of movements. Some of these videos can be found for free or very cheap in the video section. Then, add a bunch of Tai Chi movements into that video, then they are even better, and you can also explore other types of Chinese martial arts if you are interested. If you are happy with the fighting form you will be using and want to add another one to your arsenal, go into your martial arts store, and look for a book about martial arts.

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