Tai Chi Chuan Youth on Health
World has always known China as a land with austere ways; be it tradition, politics or lifestyle. It’s worth noting that despite that, Chinese people manage to survive decades in the pink of health and see a relatively fit old age as compared to their comrades around the globe.
Tai Chi Chuan (translates to mean “Ultimate Fist”), a soft martial art Chinese technique traditionally developed for health benefits, is a slow motion routine using internal power that distinguishes it from the hard styled martial art. Ancient principles of Chinese philosophy devised and recognize the theory and practice of Tai Chi Chuan as a daily fitness program for families believing its extraordinary healing powers. What we know as the “Yin Yang” symbol is called “Taiji” which holds the philosophical secret behind birth to concept of Tai Chi. Medical practitioners and people worldwide understand Tai Chi as martial art therapy and not martial training resulting which it has won followers today that once said “I’m not interested in martial arts!” Sole focus of mind on the gradual formation of the posture helps acquire mental calm, intensify internal circulation and leverage coordination and relaxation of mind and body.
The foremost training of Tai Chi teaches you the exceptionally slow movement solo routines, however, pushing hands is known as the partner exercise and (Yan, Wu, Chen) are the popular styles that teach faster paced secondary forms of Tai Chi. Unlike Japanese martial norms, Tai Chi does not have any designed uniform to be worn except for loose clothes and flat soles. Study of this unique art peculiarly covers three broad aspects: Health, Meditation, Martial art; where the health training concentrates on releasing the stress level of body and mind through emphasizing on straight spines, meditative aspect cultivates focus and serenity by regulating tranquilized abdominal breathing and the third is to learn appropriate change in stimulus to outside forces in self-defense. Solo form takes one through a complete range of motion over their centre of gravity; accurate practice of which corrects posture, encourages circulation, nurtures joints flexibility and familiarizes with the martial application inferred from the forms. Solo form with weapons and pushing hands build the basic scenario of self-defense training. Tai Chi’s aesthetics explain meeting balance with yang (practical with strong impact) and yin (concentrative with soft impact) by not resisting but following the motion of the incoming force until it exhausts so that a matching force can be delivered.
At a stretch for 14 weeks, Tai Chi and Yoga together have concluded to have reduced LDLs in senior patients up to 20-26 milligrams. Elderly fighting Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, acute stroke, heart failure/attack, high blood pressure have admitted to have their bodies respond in miraculously positive fashion. Though the movements appear delayed and awfully slow, Tai Chi burns calories much more than some of the laborious sports like skiing. The healthy and ill 60 and above lot who adopted the regime exuberantly reveal their great recovery from osteoarthritis, joint pain and holistic health both on mental and physical grounds. Tai Chi has evidently reduced symptoms of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 13 adolescents, as per the conducted study. Vigorous calculations are still on to settle for the best style, targeted duration of practice to reach desired results and which illness this package will most efficiently cure.
Tai Chi classes are a common sight in the west now (on par with yoga) in clinics, summer camps, old age homes, parks, community centers. It’s observed as Wushu in the sports category that sluggishly recognition and whose modern versions now have become an International Wushu Tournament. IWUF, International Wushu Federation has applied for Wushu to be part of Olympics.
The largest medical library of the world and division of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, “National Library of Medicine”, officially released a website titled “The Tai Chi & Consumer Health Information Center” in 2004, which since then feeds with reliable and scientific information about fitness boons of Tai Chi- for cardiovascular troubles, pain, arthritis, psychological unrest, diabetes and healthy well-being. If you occur to hear someone enthusiastically mentioning the word ‘Taiji’, you can assure he is a Tai Chi Chuan follower.
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