Tai Chi Class In Plano

Posted: September 3, 2014 in General
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taichi-1This is to inform everyone in the Dallas, TX area of a new Tai Chi or more appropriately, T’ai chi ch’uan class on Wed. evenings.  The name T’ai chi ch’uan roughly translates to ‘supreme ultimate fist’ and westerners often associate it with slow-moving, fluid motions, executed strictly for health benefits.  Some have even labeled Tai Chi as nothing more than an eastern form of yoga that employs movements more closely associated with combative arts instead of the stretches and postures of modern yoga.

Tai Chi is, however, far more than an exercise and health regimen.  The art form may accurately be described as internal Kung Fu.  Movements such as “Grasp the bird’s tail” or “Parting the wild horse’s mane” can be directly applied to defense situations.  Since this class is foundational, you will not be learning ‘paint by the numbers’ movements; your training will include ‘how and why’ the art works as well as historical perspective and practical application.

taichi-2Tai Chi is a fantastic martial art form for women and those of us now at or near the age that we are paying for the indulgences of our youth 🙂  The health benefits of Tai Chi are numerous and include

– Muscle relaxation and joint health

– Improved strength, flexibility, and balance

– Increased energy and stamina

– Increased bone density

– Improved heart health and lower blood pressure

– Improved levels of blood cholesterol (lower HDL), triglycerides, and better blood sugar balance

– Decreased levels of stress and anxiety

– Reduced pain and stiffness

– Better sleep quality

The benefits of Tai Chi have been born out by studies from Emory University, The Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical, Tufts University, and other institutions.

Some of the results in the published literature include

Lai, J. S., Lan, C., Wong, M. K., Teng, S.H. (1995).  Two-year trends in cardiorespiratory function among older Tai Chi Chuan practitioners and sedentary objects. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 43, 1222-1227.

Jin, P. (1992).  Efficacy of Tai Chi, brisk walking, meditation, and reading in reducing mental and emotional stress. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 36, 361-369.

Schaller, K. J. (1996). Tai Chi Chih: an exercise option for older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 22, 12-16.

Wolf, S. L., Barnhart, H. X., Kutner, N. G., McNeely, E., Cooler, C., Xu, T. (1996). Reducing frailty and falls in older persons: an investigation of Tai Chi and computerized balance training. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 44, 489-497.

For readers wishing links to online material, here are some for your study

http://nccam.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/042511.htm

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AlternativeMedicine/jama-study-tai-chi-benefits-health-heart-failure/story?id=13452416

http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/news/20120208/tai-chi-improves-symptoms-parkinsons-disease

http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/1996/05/tai-chi-older-people-reduces-falls-may-help-maintain-strength

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/10/23

http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/2007/04/tai-chi-boosts-immunity-shingles-virus-older-adults-nih-sponsored-study-reports

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/Tai-chi-eases-several-medical-conditions

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/tai-chi/art-20045184

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/health/19taichi.html?_r=0

References to other published studies may be found at http://www.taichiworksbeverlyhills.com/Benefits—Studies.html and you may read more on Tai Chi from the DHHS National Institute on Aging, http://www.nia.nih.gov/search/site/tai%20chi .

taichi-swordI understand that women in particular are more inclined towards yoga, but many people find Tai Chi to be easier to perform and they realize benefits faster.  I tend to believe that statement as the only real benefit I achieved from P90X Yoga was yelling at the TV.  It was quite beneficial for practicing all varieties of expletives.  And, unlike yoga, you will learn practical defensive tactics from this foundational course that covers Yang-style forms, Chen-style forms, as well as Tai Chi sword forms.

Classes will be held at a facility near Plano Road and LBJ from approximately 6:30 – 8PM on Wed. evening.  Dues are a very light $40 a month, which is an absolute bargain!  To find out more or sign up, please contact Fred Harkins at bouncer1911 [at] yahoo [dot] com .

UPDATE:  This class has been changed to Thursday evening.

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