Fundamental Tai Chi
Tai Chi, roughly translated from Taijiquan, is a Chinese Martial Art, which is often umbrellaed under the terms Kung Fu and Wushu; but Tai Chi is classified under the Wudang system (Wudang Mountain Range); art forms that focus on the application of force with internal power, as opposed to external power.
Although there are a few hundred different forms and styles that have developed over the centuries, Tai Chi is one of the most widely practiced and philosophical of the lot, both for its self-defense applications and health benefits.
What started as a martial art has developed over the centuries by emulating the concept of Taiji, which is the Chinese cosmological term for “Supreme Ultimate Fist,” the complete state of undifferentiated absolute and infinite potential; granting balance within every one of us between reality and duality. Existence between the seen and the unseen.
Since Tai Chi has risen to great acclaim in the 20th century thanks to Martial Arts masters Yang Saho-hou, Sun Lutang, and Yang Chengfu, the art has evolved into a practical martial art that anyone, regardless of age, stature, or intention can reap the benefits of regular Tai Chi training.
According to countless scientific studies conducted by institutions such as the National Parkison Foundation, The Australian Department of Health, and Harvard; numerous benefits have been discovered in both physiological and psychological aspects of the human body and mind.
It’s no magic cure-all, but practitioners with little to no interest in martial arts will benefit from incorporating Tai Chi into their routine with learning how to breathe and move simultaneously, holding challenging poses without losing composure, and strengthening their foundation and core, as well as overall happiness and peace of mind.
Recently, researchers at Harvard have been studying Tai Chi’s effects on neuroplasticity and the effects of repeated complex motor sequences, low impact, aerobic training coupled with dynamic mindfulness meditation; deducing that connections of neurons in the cortical structures of the brain (neuromuscular pathways) are literally “sculpted” with daily practice.
“A rolling stone collects no moss.” is analogous to Tai Chi in the sense that maintaining a balance between inner-body and outer-body may garner significant improvements in your health.
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