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What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that combines slow, graceful movements with mental focus and breathing. Originally developed as a fighting system, Tai Chi is now practiced worldwide for its health benefits.

The movements of Tai Chi are performed gently and smoothly, with control and awareness. Practitioners focus on breath, posture and alignment of the body. Though the motions look effortless, they actually strengthen the body while also cultivating balance, flexibility and stamina.

Tai Chi movements flow together in a steady, unbroken rhythm. The practices are generally done at a slower pace to allow coordination of breath with movement. The mind is meant to be calm yet alert, concentrated internally.

The physical manoeuvres of Tai Chi are learned through different forms or sets of postures. Some of the most common Tai Chi forms are:

  • Chen style - one of the oldest styles, with slow then fast, explosive movements

  • Yang style - the most popular style, with smooth, graceful motions

  • Wu style - a variation of Yang style, with smaller stances and movements

  • Sun style - featuring open hand postures and higher stances

  • Wu/Hao style - a combined style with very small, refined movements

In addition to the hand forms, Tai Chi schools often teach weapons forms using items like swords, staffs or spears. Push hands exercises and martial applications of the postures are also common.

Regular, mindful practice of Tai Chi provides many benefits including:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety

  • Increased flexibility and balance

  • Greater muscle strength and definition

  • Improved cardiovascular health

  • Heightened mind-body awareness

  • Development of body awareness and coordination

Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be a gentle form of exercise as well as an effective martial art. The holistic mind-body practice cultivates greater concentration, mindfulness and inner peace.

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