Taijiquan Benefits Your Health
Currently, researchers are investigating the effects of taijiquan on numerous medical conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Although results from such studies may not be available for some time, people who have regular taiji practice consistently report overall health improvement, increased energy, and an improved sense of well being.
Taijiquan, International Competitive Sport, Benefits You . . .
As we approach The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, more and more people will become aware that taijiquan has long been a competitive sport. In recent years, Forms Competitions and Pushing Hands have grown in popularity. One reason for this is that people of all ages can participate. You don't have to be young, but the training is very demanding.
When you decide to participate in competitions and/or public performances, you enter a unique area of training. You create opportunities to:
Taijiquan, Martial Art, Benefits You . . .
One goal of Chinese martial arts is to achieve such a high level of knowledge and skill that you can avoid physical conflict. An old Chinese martial arts adage:
"It is better to avoid than check, better to check than hurt,
Although years of devoted practice are required to achieve high level martial skill using taijiquan, many benefits may be gained through the process.
10 Fundamental Principles of Taijiquan 1. The head is kept upright in a relaxed way.
2. Chest is loose, never pushed forward.
3. The waist is loose and relaxed.
4. Distinguish between "solid" and "empty".
5. Shoulders and elbows are down.
6. Use the mind/will to move, not physical strength.
7. Upper and lower body are coordinated.
8. Internal and external are unified. Mind and body function together.
9. Movement is continuous and coordinated with the breath.
10. Seek stillness in the movement.