My opinion on body alignment vs energy cultivation in Tai Chi practice.
The Tai Chi form, whatever form you may practice, is filled with movements that can be interpreted as self-defense or martial applications. These range from the obvious, such as a punch and a kick, to the not-so-obvious, such as the movements named ” Grasping the Birds Tail’, or “Apparent Close-up.” In truth, each movement has… Read more »
What is Qi? Is it truly a part of Taiji practice? Can it be used to augment Taiji’s martial and self-defense abilities?
Benefits The benefits of a consistent Tai Chi practice are many and varied. These benefits fall into the categories of physical benefits, emotional benefits, and spiritual benefits. Physical Benefits Among the physical benefits we have: The release of physical tension.Greater balance.Greater flexibility and range of motion.Increased leg strength.An increase in one’s ability to defend oneself… Read more »
Relax The master principle of all Tai Chi movement is the principle of Relaxation, looseness, ‘song’. When one relaxes completely into the skeletal and fascial structure of one’s body, one naturally aligns one’s body with the principle of effective (effortlessly effective) body mechanics. Aligning bodily with effortlessly effective body mechanics encourages the body to move… Read more »
The movement art of Tai Chi is said to have been created by an immortal by the name of Zhang Sanfeng, but much more likely it was created by the members of the Chen family from the Chen village. Tai chi is known for its many health benefits, such as improved balance, improved circulation, stress… Read more »