Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. The movements of Tai Chi are performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fi tness levels. In fact, because Tai Chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. You may also find Tai Chi appealing because it’s inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan), which translates to “Supreme Ultimate Boxing” was developed in China during the 17th century. As one of the primary systems of “internal” martial arts, Tai Chi consists of several styles, each with similar but nuanced philosophies. Like many early martial arts, Tai Chi was initially only accessible to students who were welcomed into specific lineages. However, as knowledge of Tai Chi’s martial and health benefits became more widely known, the art was popularized among general practitioners within and outside of China.
Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan is the most popular of the Tai Chi styles and forms the foundation of our internal martial arts system. Yang Style is characterized by slow and refined movements and is an effective system for both health and self-defense. With the Tai Chi Center of North Georgia, students begin their training with what is known as the Yang Style 64-Movement 38 Posture form. This form introduces students to the principles of correct movement, balance, and posture. As students improve each of these areas, they also learn to recognize and address structural imbalances.
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