Learning Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art. Each student begins for a different reason, but all that is required to begin is a desire to learn. Continuing takes perseverance and the full understanding of Tai Chi reveals itself after a long time of study. But the benefits become apparent early.
Students start by learning a long, slow sequence of movements that establish the base of what is called the "slow set." These movements start simply and can be learned through repetition and practice by most anyone. The slow set is the basis for bringing together the mind, the body and also the spirit to cultivate Qi (chi), or energy, or our life force. Learning the movements is just the beginning. It is the structure upon which true learning and study can begin.
While Tai Chi reveals its full nature over time, its benefits can be felt after one or two classes. Tai Chi helps balance, focus, stillness of the mind, strength, flexibility, breathing and a general sense of well-being. One also learns patience, humility, and gratitude and learns to leave behind negativity, anger and frustration. One finds that a cheerful and calm attitude enhances our learning and that Tai Chi enhances our calm and cheerful attitude.