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What is T’ai Chi Ch’uan?

T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese art. Its benefits include increased relaxation, lower blood pressure, improved balance, stronger bones, sharper memory, more effective concentration, and flexibility of body and mind.


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T’ai Chi Ch’uan is also a defensive art. Students of T’ai Chi Ch’uan learn to resolve conflict efficiently and with minimal strife while maintaining their authenticity. T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a form of moving meditation that anchors the practitioner and fosters strength of spirit.

Mary Lukas has been an active contributor to the Iowa City Tai Chi community since 1993. She continues study as a student of Barbara Davis at the Great River School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Tai Chi as an art of movements is highly practiced due to the experience of gentle exercise that connects the mind and body in a cluster of extensions and contractions that invade all-around. This experience of linking the deepest part of our being with our environment through the energy that our body provides with the movement merits certain preparation.

What Are The Best Martial Arts For Kids?

In modern society, due to the heightened exposure through media, almost everybody is aware of the different types of martial arts. Through movies such as Karate Kid, Shaolin Soccer, and Fight Club, martial arts is glorified and has piqued the interest of many, and, with the added benefits of health and wellness as well as the ability to defend oneself if necessary, generations of children have been enrolled into different martial arts classes.

Tai Chi Health Benefits

Chances are you have heard of Tai Chi, and how wonderful it is to your health. But you probably don’t know exactly how it does that. Tai Chi is as wonderful as everyone says, and if you’re curious about the specifics, and aren’t sure about starting with it, here are the most important Tai Chi health benefits.

The Origin of Martial Arts in India

Martial Arts, a system of close combat practices used for self-defense, military, and law enforcement, are much more than just that. As the name suggests, it is an art, which has to be learnt with a high degree of dedication, precision, and passion. It covers a wide range of activities like the physical training, fighting technique, and skills to practice a high level of mental discipline. The history of the Martial Arts dates back thousands of years and there are quite a few theories around how the art form originated.

How Meditation Can Improve Your Health

Research shows meditation can be a great boost to health. Scientific studies have proven that meditation can greatly improve people’s health and their intellectual abilities. In this article we are going to explore the health benefits that are brought by routine meditation practice.

Beachbody’s Tai Cheng Workout

What is the Beachbody Tai Cheng Workout and how will it help ease the physical pain in your joints? Medical experts claim that this type of workout should improve balance and mobility while reducing aches and pains. It consists of exercises heavily inspired by Chinese martial arts, also known to relieve senior citizens from back pain or high blood pressure. But is it too good to be true?

The Physical and Psychological Benefits of T’ai Chi Ch’uan

T’ai Chi Ch’uan is one of the Chinese art forms practiced across the globe because the wide range of health benefits one can get out of it. The slow movements in Tai Chi are exercise forms called Qigong. The word Qigong stands for ‘Life Energy Cultivation’. It can be done in both standing and sitting positions. It can come in different forms as in meditation, yoga, exercise, martial arts and spiritual training.

What Are The Different Forms Of Martial Arts?

A common misconception about martial artists is that they are perceived to be very violent people, as compared to athletes of any other sport. It is incorrect for two reasons: one, there are many reasons why one would take up martial arts as a sport, amongst which include self-defense, discipline, to reduce stress or even for health issues. And two, martial artists tend to be more aware that with power comes responsibility and are hence more careful when it comes to using their skill against someone else. That said, there are many different types of martial arts, designed for all sorts of people with different objectives in mind. Among the more popular martial arts are Kung Fu, Karate, and Judo.



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