Tai Chi Martial Art
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Sometimes called “moving meditation,” Tai Chi has been regarded as a martial art, and its traditional practitioners still teach it as one. It has developed a worldwide following among many thousands of people for purposes of health and longevity.
Tai Chi Chuan has got various meanings: Supreme Ultimate fist, Great life force, Cotton fist, Soft continuous fist.
Originally developed in China as a form of self-defense, this graceful form of exercise has existed for about 2,000 years. Tai chi training first and foremost involves learning solo routines, known as forms. And while the image of Tai Chi in popular culture is typified by exceedingly slow movement, many styles (including the three most popular, Yang, Wu and Chen) have secondary forms of a faster pace.
Tai Chi, the highest form of martial arts is a combination of physical exercise, breathing techniques and meditation, Its slow, relaxed flowing movements of opening and closing forms, advance and retreat, attack and defence, channelises energy and the body's natural movements to attain a high degree of fitness, both mental and physical.
It's becoming increasingly popular around the world, both as a basic exercise program and as a complement to other health care methods. According to the Mayo Clinic, health benefits include stress reduction, greater balance and increased flexibility — especially for older adults.