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A Tradition Of Excellence In The Art Of T'ai Chi Ch'uan


Master Kai Ying Tung
Academy of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

T'ai Chi Ch'uan

T'ai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient form of the pugilistic art often referred to in the West as "shadowboxing." Originally designed for self defense, it has been refined into a slow, graceful, rhythmic exercise which has the effect of promoting good health in all - young and old, strong and weak.

In practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan, the mind as well as the muscles must be relaxed and the limbs and the waist kept flexible. It is relaxing movement which improves the nervous system and blood circulation. After an initial period of a year or so, one who practices T'ai Chi Ch'uan will feel that during the relaxed and continuous movements, a stream of heat is circulating up to every fingertip, showing the effect on the circulation.

Learning T'ai Chi Ch'uan starts with the slow movements. For beginners, the gentle twisting of the waist provides exercise to the internal organs, thus improving their functioning. Advanced students will find that this beneficial effect is accentuated by the matched slow, deep, and quiet abdominal breathing during the exercise. For the purpose of self defense, the movements become lightning fast. Those who learn it gradually and keep a live interest in pursuing its techniques, with the instruction of a master, will eventually develop a method of self defense.

After performing T'ai Chi Ch'uan, one feels a sense of well being, not fatigue and exhaustion. By increasing the free flow of energy to one's whole being, T'ai Chi Ch'uan works to restore the balance and harmony between one's physical, mental and spiritual natures. Habitual practice will make the body agile and graceful, the mind alert and serene, and will promote good health and long life. The physically underdeveloped and the chronically ill will find a therapeutic effect in practicing this art unmatched by other forms of body discipline.

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