Tai chi chuan, also known as simply ‘tai chi,’ is a soft-style Chinese martial art. Although there are many different styles of this martial art, most historians believe there have been two families responsible for its introduction. These families are the Chen family and the Yang family, both of which began instructing this martial art in 1820.
The teachings of Tai Chi Chuan are intended to help people become harmonized with themselves and find an internal balance. This martial art is primarily used for healing and longevity. It is a therapeutic form of martial arts, which has been studied extensively by medical institutes around the world. Amazingly, patients do seem to find that the practices are very soothing as they help to alleviate muscle tension and stress.
A combination of mental levels and physical levels must be balanced in order for a practitioner to become aware of the needs and desires of the inner-self. Physical training consists of slow motions, deep breathing, and meditation. The three primary studies of tai chi chuan practitioners include health, meditation and martial art.
Tai chi chuan instructors teach their students that an unhealthy person will find it hard to practice the martial art and therefore, encourage adopting a healthy lifestyle first. Secondly, meditation is an essential practice to relieve the body and mind of stress. Lastly, the performance of tai chi chuan will prove that the body and mind are in the right place together and in a completely healthy balance of one another. This balance is based off the principles of Yin and Yang.
This soft-style technique promotes a number of health benefits including stress relief, prevention of heart attacks, treating arthritis, reducing symptoms of ADHD and even weight loss. Many people practice Tai Chi along with yoga for maximum benefits. Because of the health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan, the practice has become increasingly popular in many parts of the world, especially the West.