4 Compelling Good reasons to Try Tai-chi

 

3 Reasons to Practice Qigong instead of Tai Chi with Jeff Chand

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Why Tai Chi?

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How To Do Tai Chi Jimmy O. Yang

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Tai Chi vs Boxing

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Comparison of Four Styles of Tai Chi

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What is Tai Chi? Taoist Master Explains History, Philosophy and Benefits of Tai Chi Chuan

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The Surprising Benefits of Tai Chi (That Nobody Talks About)

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5 Reasons You – Yes You – Should Try Tai Chi Right Now The practice’s benefits apply to all ages, ethnicities and abilities. By Anna Medaris Miller, Contributor May 3, 2018. Tai chi is more about how the body works than how it looks, and is about aging gracefully and “with less drama.” “The last time I looked, there were some 500 studies about the various physical benefits of tai chi, from improving balance and attention span to boosting the immune system to beating back the symptoms of arthritis, asthma, and insomnia,” said Rosenfeld.

The Tai Chi movements can be loosely described as shadow boxing or ‘shadow kung fu’ in slow motion. Regular practice can increase flexibility and strength, and improve cardiovascular fitness. The emphasis on correct posture means that Tai Chi can instil a greater awareness of the body and how it moves through space.

But maybe the most compelling reason to give tai chi a shot is its ability to strengthen the connections between your mind and body, which can help you move through life with greater awareness. Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space — declines with age.

Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. One of the biggest puzzles when you learn Tai Chi is learning to feel the 4 main energies: Peng, Lu, Ji, and An. The question of how to manifest the energies has come up for my students again as they work on the Tai Chi Mastery Program and discuss commencement in our Inner Form training group..

It’s hard enough for most of us, perpetually stuck in our heads, to reconnect to our bodily. People practice tai chi for a variety of reasons; to improve their physical condition and sense of balance, ease pain and stiffness (particularly from arthritis) and improve sleep. The NCCAM issues several warnings about tai chi.

Tai chi helps improve your muscle strength in your legs, lowering your risk of falls. Weight loss: It’s no surprise that exercise helps with weight loss and being overweight or obese is a risk. Heavily documented by science and thousands of years of tradition to be really great, five minutes a day spent nourishing your life, health, energy, and clarity with Tai Chi will empower you to face your life and our world with more light and strength.

A number of studies indicate that being confident results in less falls, since the fear of falls increases the risk of falling. Practicing a mindbody exercise, such as tai chi, builds confidence, thus alleviating the fear of falling. Why Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention Works.

List of related literature:

It shows, step by step, how the Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi can heighten bodily awareness and inner focus, make body movements more graceful and efficient, enhance natural breathing and heart health, and help attain peace of mind.

“The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind” by Peter Wayne
from The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind
by Peter Wayne
Shambhala, 2013

Tai chi attempts to increase energy, improve balance, and enhance mental and spiritual health.

“Health Promotion and Aging, Seventh Edition: Practical Applications for Health Professionals” by David Haber, PhD
from Health Promotion and Aging, Seventh Edition: Practical Applications for Health Professionals
by David Haber, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2016

The benefits of tai chi include:

“The Subtle Body Practice Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Energy Healing” by Cyndi Dale
from The Subtle Body Practice Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Energy Healing
by Cyndi Dale
Sounds True, 2013

The results indicated that tai chi was not associated with any unique physiological benefits.

“Health Psychology” by Richard O. Straub
from Health Psychology
by Richard O. Straub
Worth Publishers, 2002

It is possible to get 50 to 60 percent of the potential health benefits of tai chi just by doing these exercises, which are probably only one-tenth as difficult to learn as tai chi.

“Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Chi Gung for Lifelong Health” by Bruce Kumar Frantzis
from Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Chi Gung for Lifelong Health
by Bruce Kumar Frantzis
North Atlantic Books, 2006

The basis of these claims may come from the improved balance control and flexibility those who practice tai chi may achieve.

“Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing” by Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Mary Fran Tracy, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, Mariah Snyder, PhD
from Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing
by Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Mary Fran Tracy, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, Mariah Snyder, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2018

Researchers have studied the potential health benefit claims for Tai Chi.

“Geriatric Physical Therapy eBook” by Andrew A. Guccione, Dale Avers, Rita Wong
from Geriatric Physical Therapy eBook
by Andrew A. Guccione, Dale Avers, Rita Wong
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Research has attributed many health benefits to tai chi, including diabetes management, arthritis relief, lower blood pressure, faster recovery from heart disease and injury, improved strength and flexibility, better sleep, and improved physical work capacity.

“Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness” by Wener W.K. Hoeger, Sharon A. Hoeger, Amber L. Fawson, Cherie I Hoeger
from Principles and Labs for Fitness and Wellness
by Wener W.K. Hoeger, Sharon A. Hoeger, et. al.
Cengage Learning, 2016

Please share any other comments regarding tai chi here:

“Essentials of Managing Stress” by Brian Luke Seaward
from Essentials of Managing Stress
by Brian Luke Seaward
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

According to its promoters, tai chi promotes good health, physical fitness, and longevity.

“Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living” by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
from Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living
by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2015

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  • He demonstrated two things. A slip followed by a counter and fast twitch muscle training to increase the effectiveness of the counter. This is then compared to boxing. Which also has slips/counters/ and fast twitch muscle training. The key take away is martial arts is composed of combat and art. If you breakdown the art you will be able to see the combative application. Though not all people choose to practice the combative nature of the martial “art” it’s still there.

    Boxing is a sport. It is comprised of special rules such as safety gear (boxing gloves), a ring, rules, and timed bouts. The only way to “beat” a boxer is to be a better boxer than the boxer you are fighting. It’s like comparing basketball vs football… they’re different they shouldn’t be compared at face value.

    Finally if you just so happened to find yourself in a street fight with a boxer remember boxing is a sport. Street fights comprise of no rules, weapons, the environment, foul play, unfair match ups, and potentially multiple enemies. You could be the best boxer, tai chi dude, mma fighter, etc. At the end of the day a street fight is a street fight. Only the people who understand there are no rules and are willing to do anything to survive will come out on top.

  • Well, I just had tai chi lessons lately in hospital with a physiotherapist. And while I really liked it, and it made me feel excellent, and I want to continue with it, I DID think about other things all the time. For example, one time I was just about to make me a cup of coffee when my therapist asked me if I would like to have a tai chi lesson, I thought about wanting my coffee. All the time I thought about that. Coffee, coffee, coffee… Yes, I did have to think about what I was doing etc but my mind could still wonder all over the place. I just cannot understand how people are able to stopn their mind from wondering.

    I do have problems with anxiety, that”s why I was in the hospital. That”s why I cannot concentrate. I hope tai chi and yoga will help me.

    Greetings from Estonia!

  • Kudos for the Video! Forgive me for the intrusion, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you thought about Zenatthew Planning Paradoxal (just google it)? It is an awesome exclusive product for building your Chi energy without the headache. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my old buddy Taylor at last got great results with it.

  • Thanks for the Video clip! Forgive me for butting in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you heard about Zenatthew Planning Paradoxal (do a search on google)? It is an awesome exclusive product for building your Chi energy without the normal expense. Ive heard some incredible things about it and my friend Sam got great results with it.

  • hey george correct me if im wrong, tai chi belongs to taoist correct? why buddhist also practicing tai chi. enlighten me pls. thanks

  • Still tai chi a deep silence Lao Tseu te Quan thang… tenzayn Noah quan sushi �� culture never mixed lao Tseu betrayed and Confucius Tao te Quan
    Dei gone!!!!! I’m not conquered by culture Tao te Quan who ever stands on my way must perish “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it”
    Lao Tseu was in a village under execution and Chinese was forcing him and they took his knowledge he got decapitated by cows X Nonah! Which means on your mark this is 3rd world war and my nuclear worth. Ha!ha!ha! Tell them to throw what I threw I’m a voodoo child. This is tai chi

  • I don’t know what possessed me to look into this I remembered hearing about it only once yet suddenly the other day I was so overwhelmed and agitated then this popped into my mind and I looked up a quick 5 min routine. Wow I’ve never fet more at ease. I feel so happy and so relaxed and grateful while practicing. These body movements quiet my anxiety so much I’ve never felt such peace ����

  • Many thanks, been searching for “learning powerful methods to build your Chi energy” for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried Fellmeroni Rudimentary Chi (do a search on google )? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my m8 got excellent results with it.

  • As a martial artist I never be realized how biased I was until I heard your first reason and instantly started to judge ignorantly on your opinion. You opened my eyes after listening to your whole video. I am now learning about qi, did not believe in it before my forties, but doing research I now know it will help my kung fu. Thank you, you are one of three instructors I use on youtube. Just started this week, hope I witness what different sifus from my past stated about it. Thank you, and stay blessed.

  • Hey, George I have been following your videos for a while now and I was wondering if you have ever considered making a tai chi workout video? I know a little bit of tai chi but it would be amazing to see traditional tai chi training.

  • The Chi is the root in word China… Americans have the Talisman too: the Great Seal of USA… but it expires… 244 years is enough… then… all the best.

  • This is just superb, I’ve been looking for “learning powerful methods to build your Chi energy” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across Fellmeroni Rudimentary Chi (should be on google have a look )? Ive heard some super things about it and my partner got amazing results with it.

  • I love how this looks like it can help me channel my angry energy into something good that can help me lose weight and be more mindful, I found some beginner stuff and hope to make this a habit

  • I think a lot of human illnesses has to do with lifestyle, diet and environment. Not just genetics. I had a grandmother who lived in a Chinese village her whole life, without indoor plumbing, with barely enough electricity to power a few light bulbs. She lived into her 90’s, and Grandfather passed a few years before her. My dad who lived half his life in the USA, recently passed away at age 85. Living simply, eating simply, getting enough sleep, all very important.

  • Wish I could meet Master Gu for once. It’s hard to not appreciate Taoist Wisdom and Masters:)
    Great video George! Love from india!

  • Thank’s nice video, but what bothers me, is what ever happened to the crane in the fight against the snake in the Zhang San Feng legend? When did it become a magpie??? ��
    I’ve seen a lot pictures regarding the legendary fight, and the bird always had tall legs and neck, and a long beak, and big wings. It was always a crane, not a magpie, which look’s totally different.
    Or is this another of those Mandela effects? ��

  • Some good practical points, but in practice there’s a big overlap between qigong and taijiquan. Many parts of the taiji form are repeated as qigong exercises, and some qigong systems are based on fighting moves (e.g. wuxing ziran gong).

  • Greetings. Having both practised Ba-Gua Zhang as well as studied Geoff’s Doorman videos, I immediately went to Udemy to get this, but found it was $155 (cdn)! Hopefully it will be on sale soon.

  • I am currently learning Tai Chi. I find it hard to keep up with people that have been doing it for years. The instructor has his back to us which means we can’t see what he is doing with his hands. For some reason I am always going the wrong way to everyone else. I like it and will stick at it. Qigong from your videos are a lot easier to do, they don’t stress me out like Tai Chi does. I like the way you explain everything. Thank you for all your videos.

  • Just wonderful, I been tryin to find out about “chi kung energy training” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of Penmma Acclaimed Principality (search on google )?

    It is a smashing one off guide for discovering how to boost your chi energy without the hard work. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my brother in law got cool results with it.

  • Not sure where your academy is located in China, but I hope everyone there is safe and healthy with this new virus outbreak. Cheers from Tokyo.

  • Hey George. I’ve been mainly practicing Yang style and a bit of Chen. Is Wudang style derived from any of the families or is it separate? I do like watching Master Gu. I also love the rake guy. Legend.

  • Thanks for an introduction to Tai Chi.
    I’m going for my 4th Dan Grade in WTF TaeKwonDo in 2021 so I’ve been searching for another martial art to learn.
    Thanks again.

  • Tai chi is amazing. i’m feeling very relaxed and present just after my first day practice. that what i couldn’t get from meditating by sitting.. even after weeks of meditation.

  • I love the guy with the rake, told to go away by ‘the master’ but getting on with real life, getting plenty of exercise, keeping fit as God intended, doing something useful and productive, not worried about the internet, l follow the wisdom of the rake man!:-).

  • Ironically a Chinese is nowadays the least knowledgeable person for gongfu.
    Taiji teach to tense the muscle in a certain way. This is useable for fighting but if taiji is not practiced with that muscle alignment it’s a waste of time.

  • Love the video. Taiji is the vectoring universal force that originates from stillness and creates polarity. A martial art was designed to mimic this force. It’s like jumping down a rabbit hole with this concept, you’ll start seeing it EVERYWHERE.

  • Look at the logo, one side white and one side black, inside black there is white, inside white there is black. It shows that we are living in a world of opposite, black & white, high & low, good & bad, You & Me, smart & stupid etc… It is a suffering world because it is always changing, as it is always changing we called it “Impermanence world” and it is the cause of sufferings! To be free from this suffering world, you need to go into the “absolute world”. In the “absolute world” there is no thought movements, no thoughts, you will be free from all opposite. This is the meaning of “TAIJI”!

  • Dude with the rake seemed fully enlightened in his work and the master teaching Tai Chi principles to help others did not mind the interruption, patience is a virtue after all.

  • What is tai chi? It is phony tai chi chuan. Mostly all of the phony martial arts are from northern China shaolin in memory of when it was born into martial arts by Chu’uan Fa (Ken Fat in Cantonese) who developed it into martial arts (WuShu) with the help of Buddha’s three texts; lotus sutra (that contained ‘zen’ fo weapon training) and the I-Ching and I-Hsieng.
    When they combined them without weapons they found that the zen created a force they called ‘chi’. Only through the newly developed forms could this be apparent. Therefore if one does not know true martial arts which is PaQua kuntoa style then you don’t know squat and better hope you don’t meet a martial arts bc they will break your bones, maim you or take your life.
    When martial arts was banned in China and the southern royal families took refuge in Indonesia Chu’uan Fa WuShu became PaQua kuntao style. While i Indonesia the southern China royal families created tai chi chuan (in honor of Chu’uan Fa) and called it “kings style” in honor of the southern royal families.
    But Kings style built chi too fast sot hey broke it down to Jung style that developed chi over decades. Very few people know both styles. I learned both from the same teacher. That is how I know when I hear a fake person talking about it. Then I learned PaQua kuntao style by one of te greatest masters of all time from the LS golden royal gung-fu federation. It was these people t put Lee and his son down for disrespecting gung-fu and saying e could intercept it. He did alright and it killed him dead. He tried to cover up the untraceable death strike by swallowing hashes (twice) to cause edema. That way only Raymond Chow and Bette knew what was going down the day he died. I wrote the first true book on it. What really happened to jun Fan Li?

  • I recently discovered tai chi for myself but it was neither self taught nor did someone teach me, it is a form of tai chi that i learned on my own. To elaborate a bit further, this tai chi came from within me my arms flow according to my feeling. I feel it in myself and move myself and have used it as meditation. Now i need some help because i want to expand my unique form of tai chi but since i neither learned it from somebody or somewhere i cannot just attend a tai chi course and expect to learn more about my tai chi if i cannot even figure out what form it is. Its very special to me and it has helped me through hard times.. i just have difficulty In identifying which form of tai chi my own tai chi belongs to. Please help me.. thanks!

  • I like the video and don’t approve of the mindless negative criticism. But at one point I’d disagree. Imho Chen is not the strongest in martial arts, first, I cannot really understand this statement as all of them can be applied very effectively (Sun too I guess though I don’t know about it) but as a Wu practitioner (northern Wu, Wang Peisheng lineage) and someone who knows some parts of it’s history, I can confidentially state that Wu is the most martial of all. It is the most linear and the most refined; it was and for some, still is a military art. Otherwise congrats and keep up the good work!(Very nice of you to include Wu’s imaginative part that’s something really important.)

  • THANK YOU I was having a hard time trying to figure out the difference between the exercises and which one to practice. you really help me to understand which one I needed to practice and that is the Qi Gong. Thanks again, love your videos.

  • YOU WON’T HAVE TIME TO DO THOSE FANCY MOVES IN A REAL FIGHT…TAI CHI OR KUNG FU, WHATEVER YOU CALL IT IS ONLY GOOD FOR MOVIES OR SHOW WITH ACTORS…NOT FOR REAL FIGHT. IF YOU WANT TO PROTECT YOUR SELF IN A REAL FIGHT, GO FOR BOXING.

  • I was expecting the tai chi fighter to understand the boxes body limitations. Body locks and foot work. Palm strikes and energy conserving. Idk what i just watched

  • I do regular exercises along with taichi practices.I find tai chi more enjoyable.Is it okay if I stick only with Tai chi practice?