Author: Matt

How Much is Tai Chi a Dance

This is not exactly Tai Chi.  However, the animation is so fluid that it reminded me of some of the way we might move when we do Tai Chi.  This was so beautiful, I had to share… Thanks, Todd Stashwick for sharing via...

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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – 2013

  On the last Saturday of April, at 10am local time worldwide, the World is invited to join in on massive Tai Chi  and Qigong teach-ins and exhibitions held in over 70 nations.  This educational event brings people together across ethnic, racial, religious, and geographic borders in a celebration of personal and global health & healing.  Its motto is “One World.  One  Breath.” Harvard Health Publication has called Tai Chi “moving medication” for the all the myriad health issues it has been proven to help with. Tai Chi &/or Qigong can: Boost Immune Function Increase Brain Size Reduce Depression & Anxiety Reduce or Eliminate Chronic Pain Issues Dramatically Improve Balance, Dexterity, & Sports Performance Prevent Colds & Flu Lower High Blood Pressure Reduce ADHD Symptoms Improve Sleep, etc. Contact Sifu Gary Lachapelle – 508-793-2072 Laoshi Karim Ben-Saunders – 617-512-1063 Local Event Saturday, April 27 – 10:00am Elm Park, Worcester, MA (corner of Park Ave & Highland St… South side of park) (Plenty of parking street-side) How to Join Us & Participate It’s so easy.  Just go to Elm Park in Worcester that Saturday morning, around 9:45.  (Dress warm!  It might be cold.  Use layers.  Don’t forget sunscreen if it’s sunny & you’re bald like me.  Trust me on this one.) Then look for the crowd of people milling around near the bridge on the South side of the park....

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10 Reasons Kung Fu Benefits Children

Ken Myers posted 10 Reasons Martial Arts Benefits Kids.  As a proud father of an 11-year-old boy who’s been doing Kung Fu for 4 years (since age 7), I probably don’t always understand how attending and participating in Kung  Fu has helped him develop all these capabilities. As we play soccer Mom, driving the kids to and fro, it’s tempting to see Kung Fu classes seems like just another fun activity, like going to the movies, a play date with friends, etc..  However, my background in psychology tells me better. The environment is extremely vital to a child’s development.  Each and every day, they are learning.  And Kung Fu is a very rich environment in which kids get all kinds of lessons and skills. I think Ken’s list is a good one.  We should all think about how these capabilities are being fostered in our children’s immediate environment. Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is. Boosting Socialization Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when...

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