It has been a couple of months since I started practicing Tai Chi and I feel great!
My husband is very interested in martial arts and reads all kinds of martial arts books whenever he finds time. Although, we both acquired brown belts in Karate a few years ago, I was not really interested in Chinese martial arts…until I watched a Netflix show called “Iron Fist”. The main character Danny Rand was a great martial artist who had extreme training in Chinese-style martial arts in a mythical land called “Kun Lun” for years. The way he moves is very graceful and beautiful. It was fascinating to watch those movements and convinced me to learn Chinese martial arts.
Just so happens, my husband saw his former Tai Chi teacher who he hasn’t contacted for so long and his old Sifu (teacher) asked him to join a class to assist teaching Tai Chi Chuan. My husband has been practicing Tai Chi on and off for over ten years and accepted the offer. As the opportunity appeared, I decided to tag along with him to join the club and start practicing Tai Chi to explore a new holistic world.
- What is Tai Chi?
According to Dr. Aihan Kuhn (www.draihankuhn.com), Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that features slow and circular motions. It can be described as a ‘moving meditation’ which involves an internal practice and very controlled movements. Tai Chi can produce intrinsic energy and also can promote energy flow in the whole body.
What I like about Tai Chi the most is that it offers tremendous health benefits. It calms one, not only physically but also emotionally. The smooth flow of energy brought on by Tai Chi practice balances the energy of the organs and the nervous system. Therefore, it assists healing, strengthens the immune system, and promotes the prevention of illnesses.
- Can Tai Chi improve digestion?
Tai Chi movements gently massage internal organs and stimulate blood circulation. Qi (life force) promotes healthy digestion.
Doing Tai Chi before each meal may relax the body, promoting the ability to taste more, chew slower, and digest better. When the body is relaxed and the mind is calm we don’t crave greasy, sugary, salty foods. We can appreciate the simple flavors of whole foods; especially fruits and vegetables.
- Is there more than one Tai Chi style?
I only know a style that my husband learned from his Sifu John Kong. John had learned this style from his mother when he was a young man living in Hong Kong.
There are a few major Tai Chi styles and they all have different forms and structures. The most popular style is Yang style which is widely practiced worldwide. The second most popular is Wu style and combination styles are the third most popular style. Chen style and Sun style are also well known.
I don’t know whether the style our club practices has a name. My husband believes that it may be derived from Wu style or a combination of some other styles. John himself may not know what is the origin of his family-practiced Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is a moving meditation which offers numerous health benefits. It works physically and emotionally to assist in healing and improves overall health.
Furthermore, Tai Chi movements gently massage internal organs and stimulate blood circulation. This very gentle exercise is a great addition to one’s lifestyle to improve digestive health, besides diet.
No matter what style you practice, Tai Chi will bring more health, youth, and joy into your life. I believe ‘consistency’ may be a key to fully benefit from this Chinese martial art.
All is well and all the best!
- Tai Chi & Qi Gong Healing Institute http://www.taichihealing.org/
- World Tai Chi & Qigong Day http://www.worldtaichiday.org/
- Energy Arts http://www.energyarts.com/