T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a slow, graceful, rhythmic exercise which promotes good health and over time may be developed into a system of self defense. Thus, it is considered a moving meditation as well as a powerful martial art.
The practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan restores the balance between the physical and mental. Performed with concentration and control, it can be a challenging discipline for persons of all ages. The repetition of the slow movements create habits of relaxation, while the gentle twisting enhances flexibility and improves circulation. This is particularly valuable as we grow older.
After performing T'ai Chi Ch'uan, one feels a sense of well-being, not fatigue. Regular practice will not only develop an agile and graceful body, but also an alert and serene mind.
Some study T'ai Chi Ch'uan for its aesthetic quality as well as its benefits. Each of the movements in the slow set has its own martial and physiological significance. When performed together in sequence, the result is as captivating to watch as it is to perform.
"How do we learn?"
"How do we make changes?"
"When we move slowly, we can be aware."
"When we move quickly, we often compound our errors."
"First we do slow set to listen to ourselves."
"Later, as a martial art, we learn to listen to others."