Archive for March 2014
Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:16 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith
In Toronto, a study with 206 participants found that Tai Chi Chuan improved the lower legs and foot flexibility significantly with those afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers used three groups and one with 'traditional therapy'. The Tai Chi group improved their range of motion better than the other groups after a few months.
The researchers also found that those who participated were more compliant to doing their exercise (they enjoyed their tai chi much more than lifting weights), and they continued their practice even after the study.
In a seperate study at San Francisco, they found that women with cardiac disease have a very high 'quit rate' when put in exercise classes to assist with their coronary risk factors. This study used the basic 24 movement Tai Chi Yang Style form over 3 months, with 27 women, average 64 years old. Every woman had:
* All had at least one Coronary risk
* 56% had arthritis
* 97% had high blood pressure
* 44% had high cholesterol
* 26% had diabetes
All participants learned the Tai Chi Short form and there were NO FALLS
OR INJURIES. The researchers found that "this is a very acceptable form
of exercise training and produced significant health improvements."
Currently the most recommended form of exercise for these same women is
to walk on a treadmill. Boring
Using tai chi as a vehicle to improve health is excellent. You can practice everyday, does not require special clothing or place.Edited on: Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:31 AM
Posted in Style: Tai Chi
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2014 at 5:42 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith
The Yang 24 Form Tai Chi was developed in 1956, by the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission in China. The Yang 24 Form is often referred to as the Beijing Form.
The Yang 24 delivers excellent health benefits for the masses.
Because of its official support, the Tai Chi Yang 24 is the most well known set of Tai Chi Form in the world.
Benefits of Yang 24
The Yang 24 Tai Chi Form it only takes 10 minutes to complete. In this short duration, Yang 24 promotes
- flowing circulation,
- full body balance,
- moving flexibility,
- steady gracefullness.
- calm mind
The first set of Tai Chi that I learned from Sifu Chin was the Yang 108. We were required to go through slowly, taking us 45 - 60 minutes to do one set.
Later, in Texas, I practiced they Yang 24 and others health styles, within a Chinese Community in Houston, as I developed a friendship with Lian Ping Zhang
The Yang 24 provides a gentler, milder opportunity to learn health style Tai Chi and Chi Kung.
Tai Chi Yang 24 is used in studies showing excellent changes in:
- blood pressure,
- stress management,
- emotional pressure.
5 Common Questions from our students
"I am out of shape, can I do this?"
Yes, The Yang 24 is mild enough for cardiac, arthritic, pulmonary and people with other health concerns.
"I need a wheelchair or walker, which should I learn?"
The Reeling Silk program is currently used in clinics with folks in wheelchairs, amputees and physically unable to stand for long or at all.
"I have memory problems, dementia or alzheimer's, can I learn it?"
You can improve memory through the Yang 24. If it is severe stages, then the Reeling Silk may be best.
"I am totally inexperienced, which is better for me?"
Yang 24 is excellent for beginners. Progression is slow enough for soaking. If you need a confidence booster before swimming in deeper water, take the Reeling Silk.
"Which Tai Chi program should I learn?"
If you no reason as listed above not too, the Yang 24 is excellent. If you are concerned and want more confidence and awareness, the Reeling Silk will provide that confidence for you.
- Parting Wild Horse's Mane
- Crane Spreads Wings
- Brush Knee and Twist Step
- Play Pipa
- Back Walking Monkey
Left Grasp Sparrow's Tail
- Ward Off (Peng)
- Rollback (Lu)
- Press (Ji)
- Push (An)
- Right Grasp Sparrow's Tail (You Lan Quewei)
- Single Whip (Danbian)
- Cloud Hands
- Single Whip
- High Pat on Horse
- Right Heel Kick
- Double Ear Punch
- Turn Body and Left Heel Kick
Left Lower Body and Stand on One Leg
- Snake Creeps Down (Single Whip Squatting Down)
- Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg
- Right Lower Body and Stand on One Leg
- Lady Works Shuttles
- Needle To Sea Bottom
- Fan Through Back
- Turn Body, Intercept, Parry, and Punch
- Fold and Close Up
- Cross Hands - Gather Clouds