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What is Tai Chi Chuan?

Tai Chi Chuan is a type of Chinese martial arts. It was developed in China over 400 years ago for health and self-defense. Tai Chi Chuan movements are a combination of slow motions and Qi Gong meditation. These movements can be performed while standing or seated for people with limited mobility.  Practicing Tai Chi Chuan can improve one’s flexibility, balance, muscular strength, and self-defense skills. It can also help reduce stress and improve the body’s immune system. These benefits are reasons why it has become such a popular sport throughout the world.

What is Healthy Tai Chi Chuan?

Regular Tai Chi Chuan consists of different Tai Chi movements combined together to create various forms that can become long. These forms require people to memorize each step and movement in the form, which can sometimes become difficult.  Healthy Tai Chi Chuan consists of slow individual movements taken from elements of regular Tai Chi and developed by the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine's Professor. These slow individual movements with Qi are therapeutic in nature and target specific body areas and maladies. Since these are separate movements, people will not need to memorize long forms as they had to in the past with regular Tai Chi. Also people can choose to stand or sit in chairs to perform the exercises. Practicing Healthy Tai Chi Chuan can improve one’s arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, immune system, flexibility, balance, and muscular strength.

What is Tai Chi Sword?

Tai Chi Sword is a combination of martial arts, Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong skills.  It is highly revered among Chinese martial arts professionals.  Its movements involve coordination of the arms, legs, and the torso, thus improving agility and increasing strength.  Since all moves are choreographed, the Tai Chi Sword is considered a performance dance. People of this dance will have plenty of opportunities to participate in individual or group performances.

What is Tai Chi Fan?

Tai Chi Fan is derived from a beautiful combination of Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Sword and other kinds of martial arts skills.  The movements, which are choreographed against lively music, are danced in a specific nature. Tai Chi Fan movements are lively and dynamic.  Accompanied with background music, It can be treated as a type of aerobic exercise. When people have learned the Tai Chi Fan, they will have the opportunity to perform it at schools, hospitals, for seniors, and at many other types of special events.

What is Tao Yin (Qi Gong) Meditation?

Tao Yin (Qi Gong) meditation was developed by Peng Zu (, Ancestor Peng) over 3000 years ago. It consists of breathing exercises using internal energy. Through practice, it can help reduce your stress and improve your health. In China, there are several forms of Tao Yin meditation exercises, the most popular being Peng Zu's Guidance Technique methods (祖導引術), Brocades 8 Form (八段錦) and Shao Lin Yi Jinjing (林易筋經).

What is Chinese Kung Fu?

In order to protect themselves as well as family members, people would use exercises from martial arts that were developed in daily life for self-defense.  Shao Lin Chuan, BaGua palm, Tai Chi Chuan, and Xinyi Chuan, the four most well known forms within martial arts, imitate various animals and are all extremely popular.  The Chinese martial arts is unpredictable, “when it is quiet it is like a stone, when it moves it is like crafty rabbit.”  Often, one is in the position of defense but is always prepared to attack, which does not let the opposing side have enough time to prepare.

To practice Chinese martial arts, one need to have determination and endurance, therefore through long-term practice, one can not only strengthen their health and physique, but also they can be able develop a sense of respect.  Practicing Chinese martial arts train the hands and feet to be nimble and enhance one’s reaction time.  Therefore, practicing Chinese martial arts at a young age, like an immunization shot, can strengthen one’s self-confidence. While for more elderly people, practicing Chinese martial arts, can slow down the aging process, improve health and help muscles and body remain flexible.

Here are articles from CNN and The New York Times discussing the benefits of Tai Chi exercise.

Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson's Disease

Patients with Parkinson's disease have substantially impaired balance, leading to diminished functional ability and an increased risk of falling. Although exercise is routinely encouraged by health care providers, few programs have been proven effective.----

Tai chi training appears to reduce balance impairments in patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's disease, with additional benefits of improved functional capacity and reduced falls.----

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Study: Tai Chi Helps Fight Depression Among the Elderly

The study found that compared with taking the health education class (which included some stretching exercises), performing the ancient Chinese mind-body exercise of tai chi while taking escitalopram helped more adults reduce their depressive symptoms and achieve remission; it also improved quality of life, memory, cognition and overall energy levels.----
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Fibromyalgia? Try tai chi

Doctors often recommend exercise for patients with fibromyalgia, but the chronic pain and fatigue associated with the condition can make activities like running and swimming difficult. Tai chi -- a slow, meditative martial art -- may be an effective alternative, a new study suggests.----

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A Downside to Tai Chi? None That I See

Learning tai chi from a qualified instructor is critical. The Complementary and Alternative Medicine center cautions that trying to learn it from a book or video is no guarantee that you will be able to perform the moves safely and correctly. ----

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Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia

A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia , a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness and depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education.----

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