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Exercise for health – The healing art of Tai Chi
The South African Journal of Natural Medicine (subscription), South Africa – Jan 10, 2006
in martial arts since 1975, Morn?now heads the South African branch of the World Taiji Boxing Association (the largest Tai Chi organisation worldwide, which

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Tai chi practice at Southridge Mall
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA – Dec 30, 2005
Free tai chi practice will be offered from 9 to 10:30 am across from MasterCuts at Southridge Mall in Des Moines. Saturday is the

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In the flow of aqua tai chi
New Straits Times, Malaysia – Jan 2, 2006
Tai chi, a form of meditative movements from ancient China, takes to the water under the experienced guidance of Peter Chin Kean Choy, who believes that

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50 Connect
The Simple Art of Tai Chi
50 Connect, UK – Dec 31, 2005
Although Tai Chi is a martial art, it does not rely upon the strength of the body, but on the power of the mind. This means that

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Tai Chi – What is Tai ChiTai Chi chuan?
Open PR (press release), Germany – Dec 27, 2005
If you are not happy with any area of your life today, then Tai Chi can help you. I have been studying and teaching the Tai Chi

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Canon Courier
T’ai chi practitioners gain wellness from ancient art
Canon Courier, CO – Jan 4, 2006
The succession of slow, graceful movements distinguishes tai chi from most other martial arts and, in fact, many do not practice it as a martial art at all.

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Arthritis Foundation offers tai chi for seniors
Palm Beach Post, FL – Dec 20, 2005
Rick Wagner is teaching tai chi to seniors at the Royal Palm Beach gymnasium. It’s a program sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation.

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[Photos] Little Tai Chi Player
CRI, China – Dec 18, 2005
Four-year-old Xiang Yuxuan is practising Taijiquan with a senior player during the 2nd World Taijiquan and Health Conference. Taijiquan

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Tai Chi a promising remedy for diabetes
ABC Online, Australia – Dec 20, 2005
A pilot study has shown a combination of the exercises, Tai Chi and Qigong, have produced a host of benefits in diabetes sufferers, after just three months.

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Tai Chi Mind-Body Therapy for Chronic Heart Failure
Community Dispatch (press release) – Dec 20, 2005
The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of a tai chi exercise program on functional capacity and health-related quality of life in patients with

Can Taiji be considered an Aerobic Exercise?

We were part of a exercise physiology study conducted for a thesis.  Below are the findings which came out of the study, reproduced here with the kind permission of Ms Lye Yin Fong.  It is an extremely interesting read.  For those of you who have always had a niggling doubt about the actual physical benefits of keeping up a daily practice of Taijiquan, this is something for your mind to chew over.

Glossary

HR : Heart Rate

HRR : Heart Rate Reserve

VO2 : Oxygen Uptake, or maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max)

RPE : Ratings of Perceived Exertion

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Why is Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) moving so slowly?

The best difinition I come across so far from this newsgroup rec.martial-arts‘s
FAQs:

“The goal of moving slowly is to insure correct attention is paid to proper
body mechanics and the maintenance of the prerequisite relaxation.

“The goal of training is to cultivate a kind of “whole body”
power. This refers to the ability to generate power with the entire
body, making full use of one’s whole body mass in every movement.
Power is always generated from “the bottom up,” meaning the powerful
muscles of the legs and hips serve as the seat of power. Using the
strength of the relatively weaker arms and upper body is not
emphasized.”

It also touched on the goal of push hand:

“The goal of two person training is
to develop sensitivty to the point that one may avoid the opponent’s
power and apply one’s own whole body power wher the opponent is most
vulnerable. One must cultivate the ability to “stick” to the opponent,
smothering the others’ power and destroying their balance. Finally,
the formal combat techniques must be trained until they become a
reflexive reaction. “

That is why I don’t understand Push Hand competition, as push hand is part of training curiculum and different schools/styles have different Push Hand routine. In order to benefit from Push Hand training, both have to learn the same push hand routine and from there, try out the different techniques (Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lei, Zhou, Koa etc..)