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Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA

When you think of the term "martial arts", what do you think of? If you are like most, you think of a body contact sport that involves kicking, punching, and fighting. And while there are many types of martial arts that do focus on these these things, Tai Chi is not one of them. When taking Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA, more focus is placed on slow, rhythmic, and meditative body movements. Unlike most martial arts, these movements are not all about self defense. Rather, they are designed to promote relaxation, inner calmness, and peace. Let’s take a closer look at the art of Tai Chi, and the benefits that come along with practicing it.

The history of Tai Chi…

Before we discuss the health benefits of taking Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA, let us first take a look at the origins of the art. Centuries old, Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that descends from an ancient Chinese discipline known as qigong. While there is no record of how old the practice of Tai Chi actually is, there are some records that suggest it is more than 2 500 years old! The movements in Tai Chi are designed to be smooth and subtle. At a high skill level, Tai Chi artists reflect the notion of "four ounces can deflect a thousand pounds" and believe that will a small amount of energy, a skilled Tai Chi artist can easily defend themselves a greater force acted out by an attacker.

The benefits of Tai Chi…

Aside from learning how to defend yourself, there are many health benefits that are associated with the practice of Tai Chi. According to the Chinese, Tai Chi can prolong your lifespan, increase your flexibility, and strengthen your muscles. It is also thought to aid in the treatment of such conditions as high blood pressure, skin diseases, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and many other illnesses and health conditions. Unfortunately, while many people swear by these beliefs, they have not yet been scientifically proven. With that said, there are many benefits of Tai Chi that have been proven. Here are a few proven benefits that come along with taking Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA:

1) Improves Balance
2) Increases self confidence
3) Improves strength and endurance
4) Improves aerobic capacity
5) Improves the condition of those suffering from fibromyalgia
6) Decreases stress

Why take Tai Chi over other forms of martial art?

As said previously, Tai Chi combines self defense with relaxation methods. When combined together, these two factors can benefit you in all of the ways listed above. In addition, the risk of injury in Tai Chi is much less than it is in other forms of martial art because the movements are slow and gentle, placing a minimum amount of stress on your joints and muscles. Tai Chi is non-competitive, and is a form of martial art that you can take at your own pace. And most importantly, you will have a great time learning it!

So what are you waiting for? Try out Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA today. If you like it, your body will reap the benefits! Contact TCSociety.com to learn how you can get started!

There’s a greater master over the next mountain…

 

The above quote comes from Dr. Yang-yang’s book” The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power,” available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Taijiquan-The-Nurturing-Science-Power/dp/0974099015/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345602890&sr=8-1&keywords=science+of+power+art+of+nurturing

 

I wanted to share the above image because I hear things like this all of the time:

“I am going to meet with this special qigong healing master.”

“We’re taking a workshop with a guru who teaches a rare yoga.”

“I heard there’s a teacher in Orange County who can share some secret technique.”

 

The old expression, “The grass is greener on the other side” comes to mind. They wonder if they can learn a Chinese martial art from a white person. Some think they have to go to a mountain cave and seclude themselves, they will advance their practice faster. Or some think that if only they learn DIRECTLY from Master XYZ will they learn the ‘true’ art.

While there are many possibilities, Dr. Yang-yang explains in this book a few simple keys for finding a competent tai chi chuan teacher. All of Chapter 3 of the book is dedicated to pointing the student in the right direction for finding a teacher from whom he or she can learn. If you do find a qualified teacher, be hesitant to look to the next mountain. You may miss what’s standing right in front of you. To highlight this concept, I’ll recount a scene from the movie Needle Through Brick– where several kung-fu masters sit around talking about new students. They claim they will send new students away at first. “Go study with another master,” they insist. Their point is the same as the sentiment expressed in the above image- you can always chase a dream somewhere else.

There is always another master with whom to study. There’s always another guru JUST beyond the next mountain. You can search the world over for the best of the best, and even they will point you to some one (or some thing) else as their teacher. As mentioned above, Dr. Yang-yang mentions some ways to classify a teacher, here are some other techniques for learning:

1. Make sure you have a competent teacher.

2. Follow your teacher’s other students (learn from your peers).

3. Read books about what you are learning.

4. Practice daily.

5. Meditate.

 

If you can practice these few things, your art will be limitless. Climb the mountain you are on first. Then conquer the next:

Beyond the next mountain, there is always a bigger mountain.

Tai Chi Chuan In Venice

Are you looking for authentic Tai Chi Chuan instruction near Venice, CA?

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Here is a list of our Tai Chi Chuan classes within a 5 mile radius of Venice, CA:


Yahoo! Center, Santa Monica, CA
Douglas Park, Santa Monica, CA
Westwood Park, Westwood, CA
Mar Vista Park, Mar Vista, CA

Click on one of the class links above to view the class schedules at each location.

For more information on joining a class, call Juko Chun at:

1-213-700-5467


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Tai Chi VeniceTai Chi Chuan can be defined as a form of Chinese Martial Art. Practiced by many people around the globe, Tai Chi Chuan offers a variety of self-defense lessons and health benefits. Aside from these two reasons, many people also practice Tai Chi for various other, more personal, reasons. Because of this fact, there are two different types of Tai Chi in existence; traditional and modern. What does Tai Chi Chuan mean? It stands for “supreme ultimate fist”. There are also some forms of Tai Chi that are known ultimately for their slow, precise movements.

In the early twentieth century, Tai Chi Chuan became extensively known for its health benefits. As a result, people from around the world began practicing the art – not for its martial arts training, but rather for the health benefits that it offered. There are a wide variety of medical studies that show that Tai Chi is a great substitute for exercise, as well as a therapy in the martial arts field. By focusing the mind on the movements being created, the art of Tai Chi is able to create a clear, calming state of mind that can be very therapeutic for the individual practicing it. Not only does Tai Chi offer clear benefits for both the body and mind, but it also provides Chinese medicine training to those who are more advanced.

The lessons of Tai Chi Chuan include three different sections:

1) Health

If you are not healthy, you could find it difficult to participate in, and receive the benefits associated with, Tai Chi Chuan. The teachings of Tai Chi, then, pay close attention to eliminating stress on both the body and mind. And, if you want to be able to defend yourself, you need to be in excellent condition, both physically and mentally.

2) Meditation

Tai Chi is not all about self-defense. It is also about tranquility and relaxation. According to those who practice Tai Chi, meditation is necessary in achieving our maximum well-being.

3) Martial Art

If a student is to use Tai Chi as a form of self-defense, they must be able to thoroughly understand the art. Tai Chi teaches individuals how to react to outside forces, and how to block incoming forces rather than respond to them with the same negative energy. To fully understand the art of Tai Chi takes many years and a great deal of training.

According to the art of Tai Chi Chuan, if an individual is not flexible in defending themselves against violence, both individuals participating in the act are going to be hurt. It is only expected that such damage will occur if you respond to negative energy with the same negative energy. Because of this theory, Tai Chi students are trained, not to fight against violent forces, but to defy violent forces. Through Tai Chi, incoming forces are met with calmness and awareness until these forces are drained or redirected.

There are 3 main ranges that are taught in Tai Chi Chuan: close, medium, and long. Typically, open hand striking and pushing are encouraged over punching. Any kicks that are utilized must be below the hip. Principally, Tai Chi masters instill their apprentices with the knowledge to protect themselves and counteract violent forces and an apprentice will have to demonstrate this knowledge before being trained with the actual skills.

In today’s society, Tai Chi Chuan is not only seen as a form of martial art, but also as an excellent art to help maintain personal well-being. As studies have shown, Tai Chi Chuan has positive effects on each the management of stability, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. It also decreases the potential of falling. Aside from these benefits, Tai Chi also helps to burn calories and is thus excellent for weight loss. Because Tai Chi offers so many personal health benefits, it should be included in your day-to-day routine.