Culture and Lifestyle: Tai Chi

Have you ever seen a few older people dance in slow motion in some Hong Kong park? If you have no idea what it is, it is, surprisingly, a martial art! Tai Chi (Taiji) is a Chinese martial art practiced not only for defense training, but also for general health. The term itself refers to the philosophy of the opposed yin and yang forces. Historically, the foundation of Tai Chi could be traced back to both Taoist and Confucianism principles: “Ones are taught not to directly fight and resist an incoming force, but to meet it in softness and follow its motion while remaining in physical contact.”

To begin with, this Chinese martial art serves three purposes:

  1. It is useful for fighting or defense
  2. It is a form of art that has aesthetic values
  3. It provides a health benefit for the practitioner

Tai Chi exercise integrates all parts of the body and mind in every movement; the flowing movement of Tai Chi is often compared to water. The training emphasizes heavily on the form and abdominal breathing. With the correct form, people will be able to feel the internal energy (Qi 氣) and convert it to an internal force (Jing 勁). Though the movement may seem easy to follow, the actual process requires you to focus and meditate in each step to reach a state of perfect calmness. This will not only relieve your stress but also develop your fitness, agility, and balance. The unique feature of Tai Chi is that it is suitable for people at any age because of its emphasis on internal development, rather than any external progress.

Where to Find Tai Chi

  • Teach Tai Chi

This class is conducted by the Hong Kong Tai Chi School at the Kwai Tsing Theatre. The free classes start at 9:00-11:00 AM every Tuesday. In addition to that, the event also includes films and presentations.

  • CityU PE class

Under Student Development services, you can sign up for a regular PE course for 2-8 weeks. There are two courses offered in Tai Chi: Tai Chi Chuan (24 forms) and Tai Chi Swords (32 forms)

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