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Thread poster: krishna mallick

krishna mallick
India
Local time: 18:21
Japanese to English
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May 26, 2005

Hi everybody,

I want to know about Taichi. Though I find millions of pages in the internet, i am not finding what I want. Can somebody give me the appropriate URL.
Somethings I would like to browse in taichi is about
1. Basics, advanced training (breathing coordination, stances)
2. Energy exercises for diabetes, weightless treatment, etc

with regards


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davidgreen
German to English
this site below might help you May 26, 2005

http://www.shaolinarts.com/pages/taichi.html

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Jabberwock  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 14:51
Member (2004)
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Complex subject, indeed... May 26, 2005

I have been practicing taijiquan for five years now. While I am no expert, I think I can venture some suggestions...

Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) has originated as a martial art. Of course, for some people, especially today, the side effects, i.e. health, relaxation and longevity may be considered to be more important. However, given the complexity of the art, it is still disputed whether practicing taiji without deeper understanding may be as effective.

As for basics, I strongly suggest seeking advice from an instructor or a teacher. Taiji, as any other physical activity, may be harmful if practised incorrectly. Even the best books or videotapes cannot tell you how to stand or move correctly, as it often depends on your constitution. Without experience it is easy to damage your knees or even back... I don't know which part of India you live in, but maybe there is a chance for a travelling Chinese master?

Considering the web resources, I agree that they lack important information. I suggest reading some books, as they are usually of better quality (but not always!). If you are interested in taijiquan Yang style, you may find some information in the books published by YMAA (the school I am in):
http://www.ymaa.com/

For Chen style, see:
http://www.chenxiaowang.com/

These books are written with the Western audience in mind, so they might be easier than the Chinese sources. On the sites you can also find information on their seminars, schedules, videotapes, etc.


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