Tai Chi Classes at 603 Karate!

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Tai Chi Classes at 603 Karate!

603 Karate will be offering Tai Chi classes starting in early 2020.  603 Tai Chi will be offering several Tai Chi classes each week for anyone interested in studying this fascinating art.

What is Tai Chi?  I’m sure you’ve all seen groups of people moving in slow, beautiful movements in a park either in person or on television.  They are practicing Tai Chi. But what is it??

Tai Chi is a martial art, but most people do not study Tai Chi for its martial applications.  Most people, such as myself, practice Tai Chi for its tremendous amount of mental and physical health benefits.  I know I’ve experienced wonderful results from my practice, many of them being very unexpected.  Of course, results vary for each individual, but the benefits can include:

  • Reduced stress

  • Improved mood

  • Better sleep

  • Promotes weight loss

  • Better balance and strength

  • More flexibility

  • Greater focus

  • And many others as well...

Tai Chi is thought of as a “moving meditation.”  It is certainly as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one.  For me, I feel like I am going to the gas station and getting a fill-up of positive energy.  After I practice Tai Chi daily, I feel more relaxed and focused for the day.  If I am feeling over stressed, I take 5 or 10 minutes to do Tai Chi and feel so much better afterwards.

Another huge benefit of Tai Chi is that it is good for any age and physical condition.  Tai Chi can even be practiced sitting down.  It is a great way for seniors to get moving again and stay active without any great risk of injury.  Tai Chi is even shown to assist seniors by reducing their risk of falling and their cognition.  Tai Chi is also known to help some with symptoms with things such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and COPD. 

Again, Tai Chi is based as a martial art and many do still practice it as such, but it seems like it would take a long time to learn Tai Chi as a practical martial art to me.  I’ll stick with Karate for that.  But I have to say that Tai Chi has done nothing but enhance my Karate practice.  I often feel more relaxed in my Karate training as well as taking more time to study my movements and balance at Karate.  That was a surprising benefit I have found from studying Tai Chi.

I could go on and on, but the only way to really experience the benefits of Tai Chi is to give it a try yourself.  I don’t see a downside to giving it a try.  The goal is to have the program up and running (slowly!) by January of 2020.  I hope to see you at a class!

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