Why Tai Chi
Interestingly enough I get many starting my Taiji (Tai Chi) classes because their doctor told them that it would help. I guess they have been reading that in all the magazines and journals because very few doctors have ever taken it, to be able to speak directly about it. But I digress. When they come to class I usually know that they are there to find and discover the power of what it does. This includes such things as increasing balance, helping knees, relaxing the body, mitigating disease and a myriad of other reasons.
And although all the reasons are excellent, I still teach it as though it is a martial art. I know, I know, if you look at all the other teachers, it’s Tai Chi for Health or something like that. But know first and foremost, that Tai Chi was martial before it was anything else.
After I make that point in class, I find there is a little bit of enthusiasm and that students who I thought would never care about what a move was for actually do. “What’s that one against?”, “How does that move work?” I often get when teaching. As they begin to see this, what happens is they will understand what the move is about and where it goes and that it is not arms flailing but moving according to the attack.
So when I talk to people about their plans for learning T’ai Chi, I find that many come because they face a chronic condition that they think it will help. These chronic conditions can be loss of balance, or knee injury or something similar. All good, but wherever you can consider taking a QiGong class for these issues, please do this. QiGong is much easier to learn had less difficult movements and all in all is a better package when it comes to health and wellness in a shorter period of time.