WHAT, EXACTLY, IS TAI CHI?
Tai Chi is a slow, movement meditation with numerous health benefits. It is a martial art that began as a fighting style just like what you think of when you see movies with ninjas and Kung Fu fighters. Tai Chi is an ancient practice dating back to the 5th century.
There are many styles of Tai Chi including Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun and Wu/Hao. At EFW we teach and practice the Yang style 24-short form of Tai Chi created by Dianne Bailey. Dianne’s system, The Open the Door to Tai Chi system, was created based on her own 15+ years of personal Tai Chi practice. The Open the Door to Tai Chi system allows it to be inviting practice for everyone.
In her book, Open the Door to Tai Chi, Dianne writes:
“For the everyday person, learning the 24 or Short Form is perfect because you can join in when you see people practicing Tai Chi in a park. It also doesn’t take long to understand the individual moves. But don’t underestimate this martial art! As you learn the 24 form, remember that it is based in the Yang long form and is much more complex than you might think. It is not a horizontal learning event, but rather a vertical learning event. What I mean by this is that you don’t continue to learn more and more different moves. Instead, you learn 24 moves and then begin to learn how to incorporate different principles such as rotation, grounding and energy flow to those 24 moves.
Studying Tai Chi can be a lifetime pursuit!
Learning the moves is the first level of learning. You must figure out where your hands go and your feet move. That’s okay! The basis of Tai Chi is regulating the body. You must learn how to do the moves first. Then you can move on to understanding how to incorporate the principles of columns, rotation, being rooted and grounded, relaxation, substantial and insubstantial, and others. You will also begin to understand the martial arts application of these moves and how to breathe with each one.”
WHAT CAN TAI CHI DO FOR YOU?
Here we share several articles that can help you understand the benefits of a regular Tai Chi practice: