The Healing Exercise.
Meditation in motion, or Medication in motion. The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated, and the benefits of tai chi are increasingly well documented. It is an exercise that feels good, that is engaging and interesting. The better you get, the more interesting it becomes.
Tai chi is an exercise that can be done anywhere, and can be modified to suit the needs and abilities of each person, at any given time. Want an aerobic workout? Tai chi can do that. It can allow you to modify the intensity as much as you like, from high intensity a restfully low intensity.
Want a gentle exercise for rehabilitation, or to recover from a rough night? Tai chi can do that. Tai chi can give the thighs an intensive workout or be modified for wheelchairs.
A subtle and profound mind-body exercise, tai chi aids balance, relaxation, strength, flexibility, breathing, coordination, adaptability, and mechanical efficiency. Professional and amateur Athletes of all sports can benefit from daily tai chi practice. Athletes from around the world have come to train here, including those from sports like running, football, horse racing, racket sports, golf, martial arts, swimming, and more. Many are referred to this school by their coaches or other athletes.
The Martial Art
Many tai chi students are averse to even talking about tai chi as a martial art. Often, I find this is due to their aversion to violence. What I like to say is that being a martial artist is to violence what being a doctor is to illness. The goal of a martial art is tranquility, and the reduction of violence in the world.
Having said that, it may seem strange to some that a healing exercise like tai chi can be an effective martial art. Any assertion that tai chi could “combat effective” can be especially strange when one sees that most tai chi players have no interest in learning fighting skills or even basic self defence. It is can be made even more questionable when so many tai chi teachers and students claim to understand the martial art aspect when, to put it politely, their experience is rather limited. And then there are the high-profile charlatans, or deluded teachers who have not put their theories to the test.
I have had the pleasure of working with martial artists from a wide variety of martial arts, and with professional combat experts.
An approach based on science and experience.