History and Benefits of Tai Chi
Taijiquan is an ancient martial art, which originates from China. It was founded and further developed by a man named Chen Wangting in the year 1670. Taijiquan is one of the most well known Internal systems from ancient China, and its health benefits are tremendous! You may see groups of people congregating early in the morning to perform slow and soft wave-like motions. These motions are commonly known as Qigong and Taijiquan!
Neijing, or internal martial arts, refers to the Chinese martial arts that focus on the internal (Qi or Intention) as opposed to the more physical aspects of training such as muscle strength. Qi “Chi” is a sort of “life energy” that we all possess and can utilize. It has multiple functions, such as warming the body or holding things in place. Qi moves the blood, and your blood nourishes and produces more Qi. Your breath circulates Qi through your body, and by performing different body postures and breathing exercises you can manipulate your own bodily processes. Internal martial arts have existed in China for over 4,000 years and recent scientific studies have proven the existence of Qi and its positive effects on the body.
The Chinese have researched and developed Tai Chi for many years, and it is only recently becoming a more popular practice in all corners of the world! Over 300 million practitioners exist and the number is steadily increasing as more and more people start to understand and feel the benefits that Taijiquan provides. Tai chi is proven to reduce stress, improve mood, positively influence insomnia, promote healthy weight loss, improve mental cognition in older adults, reduce the risk of falling or muscle atrophy, improve fibromyalgia, reduce pain from arthritis, and boost your immune system! Practicing Taijiquan is one of the safest practices you can perform with immense benefits on your health.
Experience Tai Chi for Yourself!
Master FitCoach Jordan offers free beginner Tai Chi classes at Koko FitClub of San Diego – Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo throughout October 2019, so please sign up and try a class for yourself!
Space is limited, so be sure to secure your space by signing up at the front desk of both clubs.