Tai Chi Chuan is practiced for its benefits as an exercise, a system of health and meditation,
chi gung, and as a martial art.
As an exercise, TCC combines the actions of relaxation with motion and breathing techniques
to develop unity in motion and the power of the breath. When integrated with visualizing the postures, a deep
state of meditation is achieved...the mind is focused, and the body feels energized.
Many studies have been published within the last ten years showing enhanced balance and stamina for practitioners.
Other health benefits result from TCC, including oxygenation of the blood, and aid in circulation.(See the Health Benefits
section on the sidebar menu).
Tai Chi Chuan is an excellent system of Chi Gung, and is increasingly used in recuperative
programs at hospitals and social service oriented groups.
Practicing Tai Chi Chuan can benefit any activity, such
as housework, yardwork, golf, tennis, or even other martial arts. It provides a way of focusing on relaxed, connected movement
that opens up the body to the flow of inner breath, and gives you the time to think about what you're doing, and to enjoy
As a martial art in itself, Tai Chi Chuan offers an opportunity to practice in a relaxed fashion and
maximize the connectiveness of motion with the application of techniques.
See the next page on the side-bar menu: Tai Chi Basics, for some
more ideas about Tai Chi origins and practice...