Introduction - what is Tai Chi Chuan?
Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese form of exercise derived from Taoism, one of China's oldest belief systems. The practice of Tai Chi Chuan is beneficial to health and it is also a subtle,sophisticated and scientific method of self-defence.Since this system of exercise is suitable for people of all ages and requires little or no specialequipment, it has gained an enthusiastic reception all over the world. Tai Chi Chuan evolved tohelp people improve their physical health, equip them to defend themselves against wild beastsand bandits, and also improve their powers of meditation. In other words, Tai Chi Chuan enables people to survive through fitness and self-defence.Advantages of practising Tai Chi Tai Chi Chuan is good exercise which enables us to develop ahealthy body as well as an alert mind. It is a system of exercise suitable for people of all ages.This exercise requires little or no special equipment. It can be practised in a relatively small areaeither indoors or outdoors. When performed in a slow and relaxed manner, the Tai Chi ChuanHand Form offers a balanced drill for the body's muscles and joints through the execution of complex manoeuvres in conjunction with deep regulated breathing and the contraction andexpansion of the diaphragm. The deep breathing promoted by the slow practice of the HandForm causes the diaphragm to expand outwards and downwards and contract inwards andupwards. This movement of the diaphragm gently 'massages' the liver and intestines. Deep breathing also promotes a greater intake of air into the lungs than usual. Thus a greater amount of oxygen is available for consumption which increases blood circulation. In so doing it alsoexpands the blood vessels which serve the heart and intestines. Therefore Tai Chi Chuan helps prevent thrombosis and many other ailments of the heart and intestines. The performance of theHand Form creates a tranquil state of mind through concentration on the movements. In the longterm, Hand Form stimulates the central nervous system, which increases the well-being of all theorgans of the body. As our muscles move when practising Tai Chi Chuan, they exert pressure onour veins, forcing our blood to flow towards the heart, improving our circulation. The exercisethat the stomach muscles receive will improve the digestion, leading to an increased appetite andthe prevention of constipation. The graceful movements of Tai Chi Chuan can lead to changes inour disposition, making us more even-tempered and slow to anger.
Benefits of practising
The Benefits of Learning Tai Chi Chuan
Many city dwellers, owing to the pressures of work, traffic congestion and other factors do nottake proper exercise. As a result, they become victims of mental strain, nervous tension and other maladies which detract from their efficiency in their daily work.There are many sports and pastimes which cater to the desires of those amongst us who wish toacquire a fit and healthy body. However, it is difficult to find a system of exercise suitable for persons of all ages, which requires little or no special equipment, and which can be practiced in arelatively small area either indoors or outdoors.Tai Chi Chuan is such a system of exercise. Those who practice it regularly will develop ahealthy body and an alert mind. The improvement in their health will better enable them to