Due to lack of exercise in the modern lifestyle and demands of highly stressful work, many people face the challenge of mental strain and nervous breakdown. We need balanced exercise to take care of this problem. In addition, there is no undermining the importance of health to us. So how do we go about meeting these two important needs and acquire a strong and healthy body?
Tai Chi Chuan is one of the best exercises for all ages compared to golf, tennis, football and the like. Those who practice Tai Chi Chuan, with alertness and slow movement, flowing gently from beginning to the end, obtain maximum relaxation. With daily practice, we gain considerable and marked benefits to our health. It is an established fact that one who practices Tai Chi Chuan every morning can concentrate better on routine tasks and make effective decisions. This indirectly leads to success in career as well.
With its graceful movements, Tai Chi Chuan looks like a classical dance During the practice, it also offers a balanced exercise to the muscles and joints in the various parts of the body that are regulated by the measured deep breathing. Because of the slow movement during of the performance of Tai Chi Chuan, the mind and body reach high levels of tranquility, thus making the central nervous system sound and promoting a healthy body.
One of the key characteristics of Tai Chi Chuan is that, correct practice promotes harmony of breathing and action. Since the breathing is deep and regulated, the intake of air to the lungs is greater in quantity than usual, and more oxygen is available for consumption. This accelerates blood circulation. More importantly, the blood vessels catering to the nourishment of the heart and viscera respectively are expanded. In this respect, Tai Chi Chuan, serves effectively as a tool to prevent all kinds of diseases of the heart and the viscera as well as inflexibility of the cardiac muscle.
For all the above reasons, it has been scientifically proven that Tai Chi Chuan is the best exercise for older people. These experiments were conducted at different sites of Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon; Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut; the University of Washington in Seattle; Audy Murphy Veterans hospital in San Antonio; Emory University in Atlanta; Harvard Medical School in Boston; the University of Iowa in Iowa City; and the University of Connecticut in Farmington. (Fresno Bee, May 3, 1995).
Besides its many benefits to our health, Tai Chi Chuan is a profound and effective martial art. Tai Chi Chuan is known because of three generations of Young’s family, who employed this martial art in Beijing, China from early 1800s to 1930s.
I have had the great opportunity of learning Tai Chi Chuan during 1960’s from Mr. Leung Cheng-Yee who was the student of Chan Wei-Ming and the guidance of Yang Cheng-Fu. Chan Wei-Ming was a well known student of Yang Cheng-Fu. It is my privilege and great honor to offer my knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan to all.
Sifu, Yu Tung Ho (1942-2011)
Tai Chi Club of Fresno