WHAT IS IT?
tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands, demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of t’ai chi ch’uan are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.
Today, t’ai chi ch’uan has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of t’ai chi ch’uan trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu, and Sun. All of the former, in turn, trace their historical origins to Chen Village.
WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?
Some of the core benefits are as follows:
- Improved heart and lung function
- Body fat control and weight loss
- Muscle toning and increased stamina and energy
- Reduced tension, anxiety and depression, and better sleep patterns
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
Classes can also be paid for per visit and depends on the provider but can range from £2-£5 per class.
If you are taking part in your local gym or leisure centre ask them about their membership deals, these are generally better value for money if you are planning to attend 2 or more classes a week or want to go for a swim or a gym too.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
All you need is clothing you can exercise comfortably in, such as:
- Shorts or loose comfortable bottoms such as jogging or yoga bottoms
- Comfortable footwear
- Hand towel