Tai Chi Classes - Mint Hill, NC

photo of a group of students learning tai chi chuanTai Chi Chuan, pronounced “tie chee chawn” and sometimes spelled Taijiquan, is a mild form of exercise promoting fitness and stamina with a feeling of mental and physical contentment. People who exercise on a regular basis have better circulation, muscle tone, and fewer illnesses. Daily playing of taiji gradually strengthens the legs, improves muscle tone, and benefits health in many ways, such as improved circulation. Taiji also relaxes the body and the mind. This relaxed quiescent state cannot be attained in a matter of a few weeks; it is a gradual process. There is no “instant Taiji Mix” to which one just adds water and poof… instant Taiji. Fast paced lives produce tension and stress, some of which we may not be aware of. It takes months or even years of playing Taiji for some students to begin to feel freedom from this tension. An important search for many is a measure of tranquility in their lives. Taiji teaches us to stay relaxed and free from tension.

Here are a few other health benefits of studying Tai Chi Chuan.

  • Better Circulation
  • Improved Balance
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Better Respiratory Efficiency
  • Allows Proper Lubrication of the Joints
  • Improves Posture and Range of Motion
  • Aids in Digestion and Absorption

Shrouded in myths and legends of antiquity and popular belief, Tai Chi’s beginnings were claimed to have emerged in the 15th century when a monk, upon observing a fight between a snake and a bird, supposedly devised movements based upon this battle. But in the 1930’s, martial arts master Tang Ho conducted revealing research determining differently. It was concluded that Chen Wangting, ninth ancestor of the Chen family of Chenjiagou village, Wen County Hunan Province, was the originator of the combat boxing of Chen Tai Chi. Five generations later, Chen style was passed to Chen Changxing (1771-1853), who taught Yang Luchan (1779-1872). Yang modified his original teachings and created Yang style Tai Chi, the most popular style today.

Students will begin with Yang style. Pushing hands and combat Tai Chi is also taught as part of the class. Taiji is for the young and old, as well as veterans and the newcomers to the arts. All can benefit from Tai Chi Chuan. For more information email Gabriele Facente at facentegabriele5@gmail.com

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