Tai Chi

10th November 2004

Tai Chi's not Karate!

In Chinese philosophy and medicine there exists the concept of 'chi', a vital force that animates the body. One of the avowed aims of Tai Chi is to foster the circulation of this 'chi' within the body, the belief being that by doing so the health and vitality of the person are enhanced.

This 'chi' circulates in patterns that are close related to the nervous and vascular system and thus the notion is closely connected with that of the practice of acupuncture and other oriental healing arts.

Another aim of Tai Chi is to foster a calm and tranquil mind, focused on the precise execution of these exercises. Learning to do them correctly provides a practical avenue for learning about such things as balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body's vital centre, and so on.

In summary, itís an ancient Chinese art involving slow gentle movements designed to calm the system, clear the mind, improve one's health and chance the feeling of wellbeing.

Sessions are being run on Fridays at 11:30 by Andrew Blabey in Morebath near Dulverton. Beginners and intermediate classes are available in small groups.

For more information contact Andrew on 01398 332 104
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