Tai Chi is the internal and slow motion version of martial arts. It includes all the exercises in martial arts done looking at the internal effect instead of the external effect. To accomplish the internal view, the movements are slow and steady. Tai Chi is a reflection of the movement of the sky. Always moving, always slow, and at the time vast and deep. We can gain a mental state that is slow and vast by copying the cosmic movements.
Tai Chi has been shown to help cardiovascular disease, fall prevention, bone health, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis of the knee, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic heart failure, cancer survivors, depression in older people, symptoms of fibromyalgia, and other conditions. We study it both as a therapeutic technique, but also as a preventative one.
What makes Pa Kua Tai Chi different?
Pa Kua (bagua) Tai Chi incorporates many different movements and positions outside of the basic form. Including at least 24 variations on the basic form, sticky hands, partner work, meditations, balancing, kicks, blocks, and qigong.