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Tai chi is the chinese Martial Art that is being practiced for the purpose of self defense. It is also known to be beneficial to oneís health.
The concept of Tai Chi or supreme ultimate represents the fusion or mother of Yin and Yang into a single ultimate, represented by the taijitu symbol
PopularityTai Chi has gained popularity not only in some clinics and hospitals but also in various community and senior centers. It has found usefulness in treating quite a number of ailments like Parkinson and diabetes, and is thereby supported by a number of medical associations. Tai Chi, also known as tai chi chuan, is typified by its relatively slow movement. Some of the forms of Tai Chi, such as Yang, Wu, and Chen involve fast movement. It is accompanied by deep breathing. Its slow and meditative body movements are originally designed for self-defense and promoting inner peace and calm. It suits people who like to work out alone at home as well as those who prefer exercising in a social setting.
BenefitsTai Chiís slow, rhythmic, and meditative body movements are essentially designed to enhance relaxation. It is known to be effective in helping with pain relief, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and also helps in boosting up upper and lower body flexibility as well as strength. It has also found usefulness in case of arthritis patients. It cures Parkinsonís disease and improves over well being.
Tai Chi, often referred to as meditation in motion or even better described as medication in motion can be practiced indoors or out, as a group activity or all by yourself.
Tai Chi for beginners
Tai chi is pretty safe and inexpensive as no fancy equipment is required, so it's easy to get started:
WidespreadTai Chi has been portrayed in many movies, games as well as TV series.
Movies which have shown Tai Chi include Lady Whirlwind, Drunken Tai Chi, Pushing Hands, Kung Fu Cult Master, The Tai Chi Master, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, to name a few.
Other movies such as Tai Chi Master, The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill 1 and 2 and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Avatar: The Last Airbender and in the new 2012 animated series The Legend of Korra, Xiaolin Showdown, The Master of Tai Chi have also shown Tai Chi.
Video game series that uses Tai Chi include Street Fighter, Playstation 2, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Tekken introduced in Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament, Dead or Alive etc. T'ai chi ch'uan plays a role in book series like The Five Ancestors, Tres Navarre, Research of Martial Arts, Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power, The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi: Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing-I etc. Magazines include "T'ai Chi Magazine bimonthly". Wayfarer Publications and Taijiquan Journal.
There are many non asian actors worldwide who are experts in martial arts. Actors such as Akshay Kumar, Chuck Norris and Jason Statham are popular actors from around the world that have propogated various forms of martial arts in their countries.
Some YouTube videos showing Tai Chi are Yang Zhenduo's Yang-style and Various styles of tuishou and sanshou.etc.