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    Archive for March 2014

    Tai Chi improves Rheumatoid Arthritis & Cardiac Disease

    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.tai chi women health

    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 factor
    * 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

    Tai Chi - Yang 24 Form

    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

    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:

    Learn the Yang 24 in Private Lessons or in Yang Tai 24 Course

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    Form list
    1. Commencement
    2. Parting Wild Horse's Mane
    3. Crane Spreads Wings
    4. Brush Knee and Twist Step
    5. Play Pipa
    6. Back Walking Monkey
    7. Left Grasp Sparrow's Tail
      • Ward Off (Peng)
      • Rollback (Lu)
      • Press (Ji)
      • Push (An)
    8. Right Grasp Sparrow's Tail (You Lan Quewei)
    9. Single Whip (Danbian)
    10. Cloud Hands
    11. Single Whip
    12. High Pat on Horse
    13. Right Heel Kick
    14. Double Ear Punch
    15. Turn Body and Left Heel Kick
    16. Left Lower Body and Stand on One Leg
      • Snake Creeps Down (Single Whip Squatting Down)
      • Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg
    17. Right Lower Body and Stand on One Leg
    18. Lady Works Shuttles
    19. Needle To Sea Bottom
    20. Fan Through Back
    21. Turn Body, Intercept, Parry, and Punch
    22. Fold and Close Up
    23. Cross Hands - Gather Clouds
    24. Close
    Join us Yang Tai 24 Course Edited on: Friday, July 04, 2014 1:52 PM

    Posted in Style: Tai Chi , Workshop