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Dec 19, 2011

Tai ji : The Internal Martial Arts

A friend in Facebook shared this video some days ago. 

I used to attend classes in Tai ji but for some reasons, I had to stop for a while.  Hopefully next year, we could resume classes.  It's one thing I have been missing for sometime now, a fitness routine.   Once in a while, I do the routines but I must say I have forgotten some forms already.  I still remember the very basic routine so what I do is to repeat it three times over.  It's a good cardio exercise, a low impact one that's just right for me.  With my condition, I couldn't last for long in an aerobics class.  I get all red in the face with too much exertion.  I wanted to go jogging but with my current fitness status, that would probably put too much strain on my heart.  Practicing Tai ji is my best bet.  The movements look slow and graceful but don't be fooled by what you see.  Quoting the Little Prince,  "What is essential is invisible to the eye."  It is still essentially  a martial arts form but one that focuses on internal strength.  A lot of the movements have application for self defense.  But more of that in future posts.  

I just like to reiterate what was said in the video, that it is a good alternative to the usually brusque and fast martial arts forms.  I had wanted to learn the fast-paced Wushu but I don't think my bones and ligaments could stand up to it, having injured my knee some years ago.  I don't want to aggravate its condition.  

Tai ji is for any age and fitness level.  And it's not just for the old folks you see in the parks.  Try it.  You just might enjoy it.

 74.jpg by LoopZilla
74.jpg, a photo by LoopZilla on Flickr.

1 comment:

  1. you take lessons din with tai ji? you have wide range din of interest