What I like about Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is that even when we practice different forms and squabble over how to do them correctly, the underlying principles are the same for everyone. The 10 Tai Chi principles are the very basic principles. And they are the same for EVERYONE practicing Yang style Tai Chi.
These Yang style Tai Chi principles where transmitted orally from Yang Chengfu (楊澄甫; 1883-1936) to his student Chen Weiming (陈微明; 1881-1958). And luckily, Chen Weiming wrote down the principles and they where then published in the book “T’ai-chi ch’üan shu” (The art of T’ai-chi ch’üan; 太 極 拳 術) in 1925.
It’s this time of the year again: SPRING! And I want to practice outside. I have to admit that I am not really good at it. Because – mosquitos. I don’t like them, however they looove me. Grr. But in spring, when there are not that many yet, it’s the best time for me to do Tai Chi in the park.
Well, that’s a rather broad answer to the question who is Tai Chi good for. But I think it’s really true! Tai Chi benefits everyone and even better: everyone can practice Tai Chi!
But to make it a bit more specific, this is a long list of people / situations / conditions where you can enjoy the Tai Chi moves:
I remember the time when I did not know how to do Tai Chi at home. Standing in the middle of my living room, alone, just me and my body and the memory from the last Tai Chi class.
I tried to concentrate on the position, where to put my legs, how to wave my hands, and all the time I was thinking: am I doing this right? What if I do something wrong?
If you ask someone “where is Tai Chi from” you’ll get the answer “China”. But China is rather large, so where exactly in China?