Chi translated means “supreme ultimate.” It is a centuries
old Chinese exercise which is deeply rooted in a rich legacy
of Chinese medicine, meditation, and martial arts. There are many different styles of T’ai Chi,
but they all cultivate internal energy, promote good health, eliminate
stress, increase focus, and develop martial skills.
of T’ai Chi is based in Taoism which emphasizes balance, yielding,
natural effort, and applying ones own internal power rather
than merely using external physical force.
How T’ai Chi Benefits on the Physical Level
physical benefits of T’ai Chi are numerous. The results are
powerful even though T’ai Chi is not physically demanding.
Due to this, many health organizations like the Arthritis
Foundation is promoting T’ai Chi. It improves resistance to shingles, influenza (by strengthening the memory T cells), and much more. New research has shown that T'ai Chi can help those with Parkinson's Disease. It has long been prescribed
by Chinese doctors for people needing the revitalization that
comes from improved circulation and respiration. It will benefit
all of the meridians and acupoints of the body and strengthen
every bone, muscle, and tendon from the waist down. T’ai Chi
“loosens” the body in such a way that it becomes receptive
to ones own internal Ch’i energy which then can flow to where
it is needed. “Supreme Ultimate” is what is
attained when ones Yin and Yang are balanced, promoting the
harmony of energy within the internal organs and ones entire
being. Other than ballet and fencing, there is nothing better
than T’ai Chi to increase ones balance. Finally, practicing
T’ai Chi on a regular basis will increase your lifespan
by at least 5 years!
The Martial Benefit of T’ai Chi
Chi as a self-defense martial art was in existence prior to
any form of Kung Fu. The value of understanding the martial
application is that one can properly duplicate the movements
by working the correct body angles, footwork, and hand positions.
Continued practice of the slow motion form teaches a focus
and “fighting intention” toward imaginary opponents. But remember
– what you can do slow, you can also do fast. By developing
a relaxed focus and intention, you can develop fighting efficiency
and the ability to “flow like water.” The nature of water
is to adapt to the shape of whatever vessel it is poured into.
This principle, when applied, teaches that adapting to any
situation is viable, which is both a virtue and an inner strength.
For example, one thinks in terms of a mountain being “strong”
but not the effect of being soft and yielding like water.
And yet, conversely, nothing on Earth, not even a mountain,
can withstand the force of a tidal wave.
How T’ai Chi Benefits on the Emotional & Mental Levels
of T’ai Chi on the emotional and mental levels are exceptional.
I have seen students entire emotional outlook change, having
more self-confidence and self-esteem. I have seen T’ai Chi
help students with problems such as depression, dyslexia,
and insomnia. The slow, easy, and gentle movements bring a
calm peacefulness, increased sensitivity, and a sense of total
relaxation creating what I call a “vibrant relaxed” – a state
of being where one is relaxed and yet alert and vibrant having
“drained away” all stress and tension. Finally, practicing
T’ai Chi will greatly increase ones mental focus.
THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF T’AI CHI
T’ai Chi is a “meditation in motion.” Once one learns all
of the movements of the form and you can do them without thinking,
the “flow” which the student attains causes one to become
connected to The Void. It is as if T’ai Chi has become part
of your DNA and you reach the state of “knowing without thinking,”
“seeing without looking,” “listening without hearing,” and
“feeling without touching.” The student becomes in line, and
at one with, the Universe and all of Nature, in a sea of C’hi,
flowing like water.
to being a Certified Yang Style T’ai Chi Instructor, David “Phoenix”
Nutter is also a Feng Shui Master, Reiki Master, and has Black
Belts in two systems of Karate.
more information on T’ai Chi class dates, or dates of speaking
engagements Mr. Nutter will have upcoming on T’ai Chi, call
304-366-2578, or email firstname.lastname@example.org You may also send for information to:
PO Box 2182
Fairmont, WV 26555