The benefits of Tai Chi vs Yoga

Over the years, yoga has gained lots of popularity. The number of individuals practicing yoga has significantly improved over the years. It is not uncommon to hear someone say ‘Am going to yoga classes’, its as popular as saying am going to the gym, Brands are even making lots of money from yoga, you have merchandise like yoga pants, yoga sweat pants, yoga bra’s and so on. Tai chi on the other hand is not as popular as yoga and I bet if you ask so many people on the street what Tai chi is, they have little or no idea. Tai chi can be defined as a slow motion, low-impact exercise that promotes physical and mental health and relaxation.…

THE EIGHT BASIC METHODS OF CHEN STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN

by Master Cheng Jincai   Nearly all books on Tai Chi Chuan mention about the eight basic methods of practice: Peng (ward-off), Lu (rollback), Ji (push), An (press), Cai (grab), Lieh (Break), Zhou (elbow strike), and Khou (shoulder strike). However few has systematically discussed the theories and principles of these methods. I suggest that the eight basic methods and the five elements are the pillars and foundations of Tai Chi Chuan; similar to the strokes of calligraphy. Only by detailed analysis of the eight basic methods and the five elements will the students understand the concepts of this martial art. Cheng Yi and Cheng Hao, famous Chinese philosophers from my clan, once said “ Learn enough to be able to…