The Intrinsic Benefits Of Tai Chi Chi Kung On The Mind And Body

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The method of fighting known as Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial art which benefits both the mind and the body. Using a number of different exercises, especially the chain of hands and the Nei Kung, Tai Chi results in a serene experience for the body, and allows it better move and position itself. Tai Chi builds up a body's resistance to illnesses, improves self-control and does both of these things through the practice of a martial art which can be used for self-defense.  

Karate is an "external" form of martial art which focuses on strength instead of muscle tension, while also working as an "internal" martial art by making use of force, following the successful orientation of the body's goal, which leads to "Chi" (internal energy, blood and breathing). Tai Chi has a long history, going all the way back to the fourteenth century when it was first introduced by Chang San Feng, a Taoist monk. By ancient accounts, Chang San Feng was inspired after watching a battle between a crane and a snake.  Tai Chi is linked with many traditions and parts of Chinese history, including other forms of martial arts and Chinese medicine. 

Throughout the years, Tai Chi was divided into several instructional schools. Among the most reputable are the Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun Hao. Masters who teach at these schools each have their own "style" that is used to teach students.  

The style of Tai Chi Chuan Wudang  is taught by the Tai Chi Chuan Association, along with the Chi Kung Style (also known as the Xian Jia) and the Ba Duan Jin (eight pieces of brocade). The "work of internal energies" (Chi Kung style) is a generalized term used to refer to a group of exercises that use movement and posture along with meditation and breathing, to fuel the flow of "chi" within the body.  

The style of fighting known as Tai Chi Chuan Yang comes from mastering one hundred and eight movements that are executed at different increments, depending on the work involved. The same concept is continued for six additional levels that all emphasize breathing rather than using muscle strength.  

As a beginner, the practitioner is required to master twenty-four Taoist exercises aimed to achieve relaxation, in addition to another set of exercises to learn how to do self massage. The energy of work (Chi-Kong) along with meditation, are both elements of progression. Early in these exercises, the fundamentals of pushing hands is taught (this is because it emphasizes the concept of working with pairs). Several tests are executed for these two particular movements of each form.  

This type of work increases energy circulation as well as breathing, and can cause strange feelings of intense well-being. Improvement of some medial conditions has been experienced by some of those who practice this martial art. Tai Chi is known for preventing health complications and supporting long and healthy lives. While these benefits may be enough to interest you, they can be even greater for those who wish to expand them. 


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