Thursday, February 21, 2013

What is Tai Chi? And is that how it's spelled?

That's a very pretty picture, very "umber", but it doesn't quite answer the question, what is T'ai Chi Ch'uan?

I've seen it in movies, read about it in books, and watched David Carradine do it in true 70's splendor (remember Kung Fu?), but it's not something I have ever experienced for myself.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient Chinese martial art focusing on health, balance and meditation.  There are many schools and disciplines in T'ai Chi, as in most forms of martial art, but I will be concentrating on the solo forms.  After all, there is only one of me.  The voices don't count.

I've decided to use T'ai Chi Beginning Practice, here it is (for now, until the publishers realize it's there) on YouTube:

This is a very well put together workout, very clearly presented and easy to follow.  At least, it would be if I wasn't such an uncoordinated monkey-thumbed klutz.  I can see I'm going to have to practice at this every day to get it down, but I'm determined to stick with it.

I already feel more relaxed, and if I really concentrate I swear I can feel my Chi aligning itself as we speak.  Just imagine if I could actually do the forms properly!

I'll let you know if it manages to prolong my quality of life like it's supposed to.

Pic Of The Day

Song Of The Day

This song will be released in North America on March 5th 2013.
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