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Tai chi trains the body to respond to the requirements of the mind.
We want your body to be capable of spontaneous movement in any direction; comfortably, safely, with the necessary support and stability.
By sitting, standing and moving in a natural, healthy way you will feel energised, relaxed, comfortable and agile.
Practice is ongoing
People typically think of training in terms of a fixed outcome. They pass an exam. They get a certificate. Your aim in taijiquan is not to pass a black belt, become an instructor or even a chief instructor.
Your goal is long life, youthfulness and ongoing good fitness.
Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 20 percent. Just getting up for five minutes is going to get things going again. These things are so simple they’re almost stupid.
Martial students discover how to adapt, change and improvise relative to an infinite variety of circumstances. This will help you in all facets of your life.
A common theme in taijiquan training is 'moderation'. Be cautious of extremes. Pushing your body can lead to injury, strain and physical tension.
In taijiquan, the training is gentle and does not tax the body. We remain calm, focussed and patient.
Things take time to grow
Modern life is impatient; people want instant results and immediate gratification. Yet, things take time: a meal takes time to prepare, time to cook and then time to eat.
All things in life are like this. Your body cannot perform taijiquan skilfully when you begin lessons. Progress will be slow and gradual. Patience, perseverance and enthusiasm are required.
Give yourself time: allow time for your body to change, for your muscles to re-grow and your skeleton to re-align.
Quality not quantity
As you get older, the quality of your life needs to be the focus: flexibility, agility, strength, relaxed muscles, calm mind, settled emotions... You will benefit from the taijiquan every single day.
Page created 2 March 1995
Last updated 29 April 2021