Friday, August 11, 2017
by Ka Wah Soo (Stephen)
Tai Chi is an exercise that is not new to the western world. In fact it is a form of martial arts in China, whose history dates back hundreds of years. Nowadays, a lot of people are aware of their well-being. They start using this slow moving exercise to train their body and mind instead of focusing on the ways of applying the art to practical self-defense.
Tai Chi is a system of exercise which requires little or no specific equipment, and can be practiced in a relatively small area either indoors or outdoors. We can look upon the practice in 2 ways. Firstly it is a physical exercise. Secondly, it acts as a catalyst in that when performed by our body it causes certain beneficial reactions to take place. The hand form, with its graceful movements and alert actions, resembles a classical dance. Practicing, in conjunction with regulated breathing, offers a balanced drill to the body’s muscles and joints, which also improves strength, balance, and flexibility. Slow and gentle practice of the hand form by concentrating on the movements will result in tranquility of mind, stimulate the Central Nervous System, help relax the body and improve respiration. This serves to increase the well-being of all the organs of the body.
Having practiced Tai Chi for a couple of decades, I strongly believe that a healthy mind in a healthy body is what this exercise can give us, but only when we invest the necessary time and effort. I cannot wait to share this with you. Are you up to the challenge to give it a try?
Ka Wah Soo (Stephen)
Tai Chi instructor and fanatic