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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.

Workshop 3: Qi Kung III

This Sunday we will continue to work on the Qi flow in meridians and analyze the six sounds system. You will learn how to enhance your health with it, also how to apply it in Tai Chi practice.

los angeles qigong workshop

FYI
The Six Healing Sounds or Liu Zi Jue (六字訣) is one of the common forms of Chinese qigong, and involves the coordination of movement and breathing patterns with specific sounds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Zi_Jue

As I always emphasized, you must understand the logic of Tai Chi to make it alive in your mind. Then it will stay with you and last for your lifetime.

Topic: Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

Date: February 5, 2012, Sunday

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $70 (or $180 for all three sessions)

Location:
Yahoo Center (2425 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, Ca 90043)/ Entrance of underground parking is on Colorado Ave near Cloverfield)

Click here to see more information.

Best,

TC

Tai Chi does A Life Good