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Introduction to the bio-mechanics of Tai Chi

Sifu Gabe Nicklas

Tai Chi is often mistakenly thought of, in the western world, as a slow motion, "waving arms", sort of calisthenics for elderly people who "can't" work out in any other way. While Tai Chi has tremendous benefits for overall stress relief, body rejuvenation, and mental acuity, the true art of Tai Chi is nothing like those more basic stereotypes.

The origins of Tai Chi date back many centuries and focused on the perfecting of self defence techniques through slow motion practice and utilising leverage and common physics to allow a smaller person to defend themselves against a much larger opponent. When practised properly, Tai Chi, besides having incredible health benefits, is a very powerful and formidable martial art. Tai Chi also inspires one to focus internally to harness the energy that is within us all and channel that out through one's body.