terça-feira, 30 de junho de 2015

Tai Chi - Praticar pela razão que cada um deve encontrar em si mesmo.

Uma das coisas admiráveis na prática do Tai Chi Chuan é justamente o leque de opções que se abre ao praticante com infinitas e maravilhosas possibilidades, pois para muitos, na busca do Tai Chi, o que realmente interessa é obter uma melhor qualidade de vida e boa saúde. Para outros, é a filosofia que abrange essa distinta e fina arte marcial. Entretanto, a pergunta básica que move a vontade de um interessado é elementar: Tai Chi Chuan - por que praticar?
Embora a resposta seja simples, o Tai Chi deve ser praticado pela razão que cada um encontra em si mesmo. Essa razão é que faz a diferença entre seus praticantes.
O Shi Fu de Tai Chi, Niall O`Floinn, que afirmou: “O Tai Chi oferece um benefício para a saúde melhor do que qualquer outro exercício, devido ao seu efeito sobre o sistema nervoso, reduzindo o stresse, melhorando o sistema imunológico, desenvolvendo um bom equilíbrio e flexibilidade e reduzindo a rigidez corporal e a dor associados as condições degenerativas dos ossos e articulações. Os movimentos lentos e relaxados executados de forma circulares promovem uma boa circulação do sangue e da energia e melhora a digestão e o tonus muscular do corpo como um todo. Aptidão, força e velocidade aumentam com o passar do tempo e a confiança do praticante vem com a capacidade de se defender, tornando-se mais calmo e sentindo-se com mais energia. É uma arte que agrada a todas as idades e classes sociais e traz muita felicidade e paz de espírito. As pessoas tendem a permanecer com o Tai Chi por um longo tempo e, portanto, desfrutam de muitos benefícios, além das amizades que acabam fazendo com outras pessoas que encontram nas aulas.”


quarta-feira, 10 de junho de 2015

Tai Chi - aos domingo em Odivelas.

No Parque da cidade de Odivelas (junto à ribeira) praticamos Tai Chi aos domingos das 9h às 10, 15h. É só aparecerem. Não pagam nada e ainda ganham energia, vitalidade, saúde e outras "coisas boas" para a vida. Esta experiência começou em Maio de 2014 e será para continuar até haver quem goste e queira...

segunda-feira, 13 de abril de 2015

What are the benefits of tai chi?

In China, it is believed that tai chi can delay aging and prolong life, increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and tendons, and aid in the treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, digestive disorders, skin diseases, depressioncancer, and many other illnesses. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a good deal of scientific evidence to support all of these claims. In a special study of tai chi called a meta-analysis, where many studies on one subject are reviewed, the author concludes that although there is some evidence to support the positive effects of tai chi on health, fitness, and balance and falling, many of the studies are limited by small numbers of subjects and wide variation in the type and duration of tai chi used. Bearing thesse limitations in mind, here are some of the documented benefits.
Balance and falling
Most of the research on tai chi has been done in older individuals in the area of balance and fall prevention. This area of research is important because fall-related injuries are the leading cause of death from injury and disabilities among older adults. One of the most serious fall injuries is hip fracture; one-half of all older adults hospitalized for hip fracture never regain their former level of function. Because tai chi movements are slow and deliberate with shifts of body weight from one leg to the other in coordination with upper body movements (sometimes with one leg in the air), it challenges balance and many have long assumed it helps improve balance and reduce fall frequency. This assumption has been credited and strongly supported by some research.

One study compared men age 65 and older who had more than 10 years of experience practicing tai chi and no involvement in any other regular sports and physical activity, with similar-aged men who had not practiced tai chi or any other physical activities (they were sedentary). It was found that the men who studied tai chi performed better on tests of balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular function. In another study involving 22 men and women aged 22 to 76 years with mild balance disorders, it was found that eight weeks of tai chi training significantly improved function on a standard balance test (called the Romberg test). http://www.medicinenet.com/tai_chi/page2.htm

quarta-feira, 25 de março de 2015

Han Xingmin Performs Yang Tai Chi Chuan.

Han Xingmin performs the first section of the Long Form from the traditional Yang Family style of Tai Chi Chuan. Han Xingmin was a student of Fu Zhongwen and his son Fu Shengyuan.

Han Xingmin was born in 1952. His father, Han Huiming, was a student of Yang Ban Hou discipe Liwan Cheng. Han Xingmen first started learning his Tai Chi from his father when he was quite young. After graduating from school, he started training in the Yang style under the tuteledge of Fu Shengyuan and his father Fu Zhongwen.
Below is an instructional DVD on the Yang Family style of Tai Chi Chuan. It covers the 8 Postures Exercise, and is presented by Fu Sheng Yuan.


quinta-feira, 5 de março de 2015

Dedication of Pratice.

One of the requirements to the road of mastering the art of Tai Chi Chuan is the dedication of practice. Mak Ying Po, who was a student of the famous Tung Ying Chieh, said that “Determination, Humility, Practice, and Patience” were important for gaining a greater interest in Tai Chi Chuan, greater health, and a long life.
So if one really wants to be serious about progressing and achieving the higher levels of Tai Chi Chuan, then they must be prepared to practice when tired and sore, to make time in a busy life, and practice when and where… no matter what the weather is outside.
Many students of Tai Chi will not show up for class if it is raining heavily, too hot, or cold outside.. And this is when the class is held indoors! Imagine the dedication of the student who shows up for class or practice time in these unfavorable conditions, and their class or practice is outdoors!
Below is a wonderful video of a young woman who is truly dedicated to practicing her Tai Chi Chuan no matter what the weather. Even in the cold outside with snow falling, she still finds the time and motivation to practice!
Dedicated practice is a must for the serious student of Tai Chi Chuan. Make a routine of your regular training, and it will start to become a habit. Dedicated practice will help lead one to the deeper levels of understanding in the practice of Tai Chi Chuan.

Retirado de: http://slantedflying.com/dedication-of-practice/

sexta-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2015

Why Tai Chi Can Help Just About Anyone: A Cardiologist Explains - BY DR. JOEL KAHN.

It was impossible not to enjoy my first Tai Chi practice. Our guide and instructor, Bud, led a hike through glorious red mountains outside St. George, Utah, to a ridge with a breathtaking view. The sky was blue and still. He led us through a series of gentle, flowing movements, and finished by playing mystical sounds on a Native American flute. I felt refreshed and calm at the end as we hiked back.
While many people are aware of yoga's powerful ability to heal 40 medical conditions, most people aren't aware of Tai Chi's incredible powers. New research into this ancient field has demonstrated the healing potential of this mind-body exercise and shows that it offers an exciting path for therapy.
If you've walked by a park or community center where people were moving slowly and gracefully, chances are you were watching a Tai Chi class. This healing art originated in China over 2,000 years ago and uses continuous, circular, slow, flowing movements combined with breath.
Tai Chi originated from the martial arts while a closely related practice, Qi Gong, began as a healing tool. Today both are thought to improve mind-body coordination, breath and movement control, coordination, balance, and to reduce stress. I will refer to them together as Tai Chi for the purposes of this article.
Here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of Tai Chi:
1. Tai Chi is good for your heart.
Patients with heart disease are encouraged to practice moderate exercise and Tai Chi is an activity that not only fits the bill, but actually helps people get more fit. A recent review found that patients who had been taught Tai Chi had a lower blood pressure, lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and improved fitness and exercise capacity compared to patients who didn't learn Tai Chi.
Tai Chi has also been incorporated into programs that help people recover from heart attacks and cardiac surgery. There is strong evidence that Tai Chi improves artery health by increasing antioxidant enzyme action and lowering oxidative stress. One recent study found that it was even more beneficial than a walking program.
2. Tai Chi can help people dealing with cancer.
Mind-body practices are increasingly recommended to patients battling cancer. In a recent analysis of people who practiced Tai Chi, researchers noted improvements in quality of life, fatigue, immune function and stress.
3. Tai Chi can help if you're dealing with lung disease.
Lung diseases like emphysema and bronchitis are common and very disabling. Recently, 40 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were taught Tai Chi and compared to a group that didn't practice Tai Chi. After six months, lung function and diaphragm strength were improved along with exercise ability, for Tai Chi group.
4. Tai Chi is good for your joint health, especially if you're dealing with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.
Due to its gentle movements, Tai Chi is a good choice for patients with arthritis conditions. In recent studies of people with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, Tai Chi was shown to help lower anxiety, reduce pain, and increase quality of life.
5. Tai Chi can help with Parkinson’s Disease.
Recent studies show that patients with Parkinson's disease showed greater endurance and improved balance along with a lower risk of falling after taking Tai Chi classes for six months.
6. Tai Chi is good for oral health.
Tai Chi has been studied in periodontal disease and has been shown to increase antioxidant activity in saliva and helpheal periodontal disease.
To Learn More
I thank Bud for the magic of the red mountains, blue sky and soft movements and flute tones that made me a fan of Tai Chi for life. If you're interested, you don’t have to wait for that special moment as there are many online resources.
As Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing said, “the most important reason to study Tai Chi is that when you finally reach the place where you understand what life is about, you will have some health to enjoy it.”
Start making circles of movement now.


quinta-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2015

domingo, 11 de janeiro de 2015

É um caminho.

"É um caminho que segue princípios naturais, princípios que devem ser aplicados à vida quotidiana. A Arte da Paz deve ser praticada desde que te levantas para saudar a manhã até à altura em que te retiras à noite" - Morihei Ueshiba - Foi parte da leitura que fizemos no início da prática de hoje.