Last week, we saw the importance of the ‘qi’ energy in Taichi. This life-force actually plays a much more important role than only in martial arts or health, and is taken into account in every day situation as well. In fact, Taichi uses the principles of Feng shui (pronounced ‘fung shway‘ and meaning ‘wind-water’) that studies the balance between humans and the universe. This balance is achieved through the measure — to say it in maybe too technical terms — between yin and yang (referred to in this post). Continue reading
Taichi can be practiced at any age even though doing it well requires some important skills: coordination, balance and patience.
All the forms usually alternate between the left and right side of the body and thus requires good coordination. But it also needs it between hands and legs as they have to be moved at the same time — in opposition with Taekwondo forms for example.
This consciousness of the whole body is likely to put off many new students as they realize that, after having performed their hands well, their footwork was all messed up.