Tai Chi Chuan is part of the traditional Chinese arts of keeping fit, self-defense and improving one's physical and mental well being. It is usually known in the west as simply Tai Chi. Taiji means supreme, ultimate; quan (chuan) means martial arts.
It is an art suitable for people of all ages, all level of physical fitness. Whether it's for self defense, health and fitness, and stress and relaxation management, there is something one can benefit from.
Why Tai Chi?
The way we move and breathe, stand and walk and even sit, can have a positive effect on our general health. There are very few of us today who do not spend much of our time feeling tense. The hectic pace of modern living and lack of exercise leaves us tired and exhausted.
You need some form of exercise that gently and steadily relaxes the body, and most importantly refreshes the mind. You need to be able to develop your spiritual and emotional resilience so that you can put the demands of life in proper perspective and not to be overwhelmed by them.
Furthermore, conventional exercises only build muscles and bones but lack or have little strengthening effects on the internal part of our body. An exercise is needed to develop physical and mental, external and internal health of our body. As a highly beneficial daily health care program best known for its unique body and mind relaxing, stamina building, internal as well as external health enhancing effects, Tai Chi can help you achieve well-being and balance in your life.
What is Qigong?
Qigong (also known as Chi Kung or Chi Gong) is one of the oldest exercises in Chinese History, dating back more than a thousand years. It is also one of the most popular exercises in the world today, practiced by tens of thousands of people. Qigong is a mind and body workout, and seeks to stimulate the flow of Qi (or Chi, the elemental life force) along the energy channels and meridians throughout the body. It offers a practical, effective and long-term solution to deal with the stress of modern living.
Tai Chi relaxes you, and uplifts you. It refreshes your mind, and energizes your body. It soothes your heart, and enriches your soul. One of the main attractions of Qigong is that it is EASY to learn, and can be adapted to different physical abilities, regardless of fitness level and age. It can be performed walking, standing, sitting or even lying down
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On leaving school I joined the merchant Navy. These were some of the best years of my life, seeing the world and getting paid to do so. On one trip to Singapore I saw my first real glimpse of Kung Fu in a street demonstration. It left an indelible impression on me and a hunger to learn more. It was not until I left the Navy that I had the opportunity to start my first real training in the Chinese Art of Kung Fu way back in 1968. That first lesson was to change my whole life: I was hooked.