all good T’ai Chi
Relaxing, Moving, Meditating
Introducing and guiding all to the benefits of
regular T’ai Chi practice,
using simple T’ai Chi principles and exercises to enhance:
Relaxation • Balance • Health • Body Awareness • Quality of Living
Classes are Free and held in Montgomery County, Maryland Recreation Centers
What is T’ai Chi?
T’ai Chi is an ancient Chinese “internal” martial art. The Chinese have been practicing T’ai Chi for health since at least 1736. Its origins as a martial art go back to the 1300’s. As opposed to “external” martial arts like Kung Fu and Karate that use movements based on muscular tension and explosive power, the movements of T’ai Chi are generated from within. They emphasize the balance of yin and yang, the redirection of energy, and yielding.
T’ai Chi is often described as “moving meditation.” Its graceful movements evolve from an internal focus on mind → intention → body. It is classified as a low-to-moderate intensity exercise. T’ai Chi practice provides aerobic, strength, and flexibility training. Its movements are easily adaptable to varying levels of ability.
The Chinese say that whoever practices T’ai Chi correctly twice a day will:
Gain the pliability of a child,
the health of a lumberjack,
and the peace of mind of a sage. (1)
T’ai Chi for Health
Medical evidence reveals that regularly practicing T’ai Chi for health results in improvements in blood pressure, stress, anxiety, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular functioning, cognitive ability, depression, lung capacity, and sleep. (2)
Who Can Practice T’ai Chi?
Everyone! However, with its slow, continuous, whole-body movements, Yang-style T’ai Chi is particularly helpful for seniors, those challenged with mobility issues, and those with joint problems. T’ai Chi can even be done seated!
T’ai Chi Classes
Practice is key to achieving the benefits of T’ai Chi. All Good T’ai Chi offers regular one hour community T’ai Chi classes five to six days a week. Beginning and Advanced students are welcome.
Classes emphasize the principles and exercises of T’ai Chi, which are immediately applicable to everyday lives. The exercises are based on Cheng Man-ch’ing’s Yang-style 37 posture short form.
At All Good T’ai Chi we enjoy learning, sharing and practicing T’ai Chi alone and together. Our favorite saying is that no matter what your level of ability is, “It’s All Good!”
There is no mystique to Tai Chi Chuan.
What is difficult is the perseverance.
It took me ten years to discover my chi,
but thirty years to learn how to use it.
Once you see the benefit, you won’t want to stop.
— Ma Yueh Liang
(1)Man-ch’ing, Cheng & Smith, Robert W. (1967), T’ai Chi, The ‘Supreme Ultimate’ Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense, Tuttle Publishing: Rochester Vt.
(2)Wayne, Peter M. & Fuerst, Mark L. (2013), The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart & Sharp Mind; Harvard Health Publications.
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