What you do is what you get in Tai Chi Ch'uan
by Ho Hang Chen
I have heard so much about the health benefits a person could derive from practising Taichi Quan ever since I was young. However I have no idea what is in Taichi Quan till I start reading the theory of TCM. They share the yin-yang principles and the “qi” concept. It sounds so fascinating. As I was also looking for an exercise that can double up as therapy for my injured foot, I signed up for Taichi Quan class.
It took me less than a year to learn the movement of 37 forms, however still far from perfecting them. Beside, there are much more to learn and discover in this ancient art. I called it art because it not only benefits us physically, also the mental well being and its philosophical aspect---we can apply the principle into other areas of life too.
I find myself a more relax person and able to focus better at tasks soon after learning Taichi Quan. The muscle tension that used to haunt me after a busy day has literally disappeared. I suppose by focusing the mind solely on the gentle movements helps to bring me into a state of mental calm and clarity.
My stamina has improved and able to swim double the distance effortless and jog longer distance pain free.