Tai chi for beginners can be considered an ‘internal’ martial art
Friday, 9 September 2011
When one thinks of tai chi, one may imagine a group of peaceful individuals posing gently on the beach or a mountaintop at daybreak. Because the energy healing techniques of this regimen are so calming and relaxing, it may come as a surprise that many people consider tai chi to be a martial art. Specifically, instructors think of the holistic Eastern practice as an "internal" martial art in that it utilizes the mind, body and one's inner energy, according to the Saratogian.
Tai chi instructor Mark Tolstrup explained that the rejuvenating exercise is a cross between yoga and karate because it emphasizes the importance of breathing, posture, structure, awareness and even self-defense.
There are three main facets associated with the art of tai chi. The spiritual aspect enhances an individual's perception of himself or herself, while the martial arts aspect promotes the protection of the body. Meanwhile, the medical aspect focuses on improving the health of a specific body part such as the liver or kidney.
"Tai chi has become more well-known in this country in the last 20 years, and more and more studies and articles are being done every week about the health benefits," Tolstrup told the news source. "There have been studies that show that it improves balance, flexibility, circulation, stress and stress-related health problems, such as a weakened immune system. It’s also been shown to help heal shingles and joint problems."
He emphasized that tai chi is very different from other martial arts in that it is smooth and relaxed, which can help enthusiasts defend themselves faster due to their strengthened mind-body connection.
Even if one is new to the regimen and looking for classes that offer tai chi for beginners, incorporating the exercises into one's lifestyle can make a world of difference in terms of achieving self-confidence and inner peace.