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Chang Seng Feng Didn’t Invent T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Does It Matter?

The traditional histories of T’ai chi ch’uan assert that the Taoist Master Chang Seng Feng from Wu Tang Mountain developed the art in the 13th Century, after he witnessed a crane fighting a snake. Or in another version, the art is revealed in a dream by the important Taoist Warrior Deity Chen Wu (The Dark Lord). In reality, the art did not emerge until well into the 18th Century as a village-based boxing style, probably...

The Value of Being Relaxed: T’ai Chi and Scuba Diving

Like T’ai chi, in scuba diving, the less you do, the more effective you become. In other words, advanced scuba diving involves using minimum effort and strength to achieve efficiency. Wasteful expenditure of air, and overuse of fins and working against currents in the water, will quickly exhaust the diver and waste their air. The skill in diving is to relax as soon as you are in the water. Release the air from your...

T’ai Chi Ch’uan: More Than Just an Old Folks’ Thing!

Ask anybody what t’ai chi ch’uan is and they’ll most likely tell you that it is a gentle form of martial art that helps older adults stay fit and healthy. This is, of course, all true. In fact, t’ai chi ch’uan has been found so beneficial in this population that doctors prescribe it for various medical conditions. What’s more, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has recently published new guidelines...

Want to Break Free from Smoking? Try T’ai Chi!

If you are a smoker, here is a good reason to quit: research published in The Lancet by Oxford University scientists found that the number of smokers who died during a 12-year period was a whopping three times that of never-smokers. Smokers died at 65 years of age, on average, and lost about 10 years of their life. However, the research also found that smokers can have those years back, if they quit early enough. The problem...

7 Tips for Effective and Enjoyable T’ai Chi…!

Dress comfortably While you don’t need any special gear to practice t’ai chi, it is important that you dress comfortably. Your clothes should be loose fitting and stretchy to allow you freedom of movement; a T-shirt and sweat pants work well in most cases. Your shoes should be soft, flexible and preferably made of natural materials, such as cotton or leather. Some people prefer to practice t’ai chi barefoot. Avoid...

8 Reasons Why You Should Consider T’ai Chi to Lose Weight

An increasing number of people around the world choose t’ai chi over other forms of exercise to improve their health. No wonder. T’ai chi has been associated in studies with lower risk of disease; practiced regularly, it can help reduce the chances of developing diabetes, heart problems, cancer and more. And then there are its stress relief properties, and the beneficial effects on muscle strength, balance and...

Why You Should Consider T’ai Chi For Beginners

The Chinese have long understood the fundamental connection between the body and mind and how important it is to engage both when it comes to long life, health and happiness. In Western society, we pay little attention to this interaction and it is hardly surprising that we live strenuous and stressful lives leading to lots of illness, disease and obesity. We have a tendency to think that mind and body are somehow not related...

Want To Lose Weight? Then T’ai Chi May Be Just What You Need!

If you ever thought that t’ai chi and weight loss don’t go hand in hand because t’ai chi only involves slow, gentle dance-like movements, then, think again. A study by researchers at Victor Segalen University in Bordeaux, France, found that obese women lose considerable body fat when they practice t’ai chi regularly. The researchers, led by Dr. Arnaud Dechamps, looked at 21 obese women who didn’t normally engage in...