Taiji and Your Health
In the world of martial arts Taijiquan is considered as one of the most effective techniques to improve one’s well-being and to nurture one inner and health strengths. In addition, this the oriental-styled internal martial arts is a sport that can be taken up by all ages young and old to improve one’s health. Many will also be able to benefit from learning from it the ability to relax and de-stress from their everyday work life and present day busy cosmopolitan lifestyles.
The unparalleled requirement of mind and body coordination in Taijiquan techniques and in training greatly impact the individual physical and psychological being and health. Studies conducted have shown that Taijiquan as a sport can be beneficial to individual health in several ways. Below are some that people have mentioned they have benefitted from:
Improvement of muscular strength
Enhancement of balance and coordination
Better mood and temperament
Augmenting creative abilities
Development of cognitive functions
Elimination of sleep disorders
On average, a person may burn around 150 calories in a single Taiji class. Therefore, weight loss may seem as the most appealing reasons for one to take up the sport as an alternative to yoga or other strenuous activities.
The Fundamentals in Taijiquan
The Taijiquan basic philosophy emphasizes on basis in the presence and balance of two kinds of energies, one positive and other negative that naturally flow within an individual – These energies are named the “Yin and Yang”.
The absolute well-being of one comes about when one has achieved in the process of learning and mastering ways of directing these opposing energies from within oneself through the execution of training routines within the ambits of the oriental-styled internal martial arts.
Taijiquan is not commonly associated with lightning fast moves but more often is characterized by slow and precise movements in coordination with one’s breathing.
At Risen Wushu, various techniques of Taijiquan are introduced to facilitate and enhance the students learning while preserving the three critical elements of the oriental-styled internal martial arts namely:
Qi Gong – various static forms and movements that help students learn to feel their internal energy.
The Form – A rhythmic sequence of movements that give more control over the body.
Tui Shou – An exercise that two people perform together and in coordination with each other.