Tai Chi is a type of martial art very well known for its defense techniques and health benefits.
The martial art has evolved over the years into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety. It has been considered to be a form of ‘meditation in motion’ which promotes serenity and inner peace.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition, its beliefs are thought to have been created by the Taoist monk Zhang Sanfeng in the 12th century.
The phrase “t’ai chi ch’uan” translates to “supreme ultimate fist” or “boundless fist”. Tai Chi has influences that go back to Taoist and Buddhist monasteries.
There are five different styles of Tai Chi, each with their own separate methods and principles:
- Wu- or Wu (Hao)-style
Tai Chi is considered to be safe for people of all ages as it does not put too much stress on the muscles and joints.
In addition to being safe, Tai Chi is also inexpensive as it does not require much equipment. It can be practiced either in a group or alone.
Modern research has found that Tai Chi has positive effects on balance control, fitness, and flexibility. In addition, the martial art has been claimed to reduce the risk of falls among elderly individuals who have suffered from severe heart conditions.