Street Tai Chi: Antwerp Tai Chi Flashmob, 4/13.
DR. SHIN LIN
KUNG FU AND TAI CHI
Practicing Kung Fu and Tai Chi are truly magical experiences. You change yourself in ways
you never considered. You might be surprised by the profound personal
metamorphosis and not recognize yourself.
As with all martial arts, you study for self-improvement, for understanding, for emotional health, for humility, for physical prowess and, as a result, you become a better human being, able to better facilitate your domain of influence: familial, community, corporate or internal. These are arts whose physical demands are great, yet they are readily adjustable and based upon one’s changing physical prowess, one's devotion, one's objectives, one's motivation and one's freedom.
The words "kung fu" have come to represent all the Chinese martial arts styles. The entire list of tai chi benefits below can be applied to kung fu training since kung fu, the general category, includes tai chi. Kung fu training develops the spirit in a way that is quite rare. For those who practice, growth is exponential. For those who are hobbyists, the training still has tremendous benefit.
Private and group lessons are available.
Tai chi is graceful, martial movement that rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit, energizes the body through organ stimulation and builds personal life force (called chi) by opening up the joints, tendons and muscles. Through continual practice, one learns to identify and protect his/her personal domain – both physical and emotional.
Group and private instruction are available on the beach, in the studio and at the client’s office or residence. An initial evaluation is performed to discuss and define client objectives, short and long term, and to determine any specialty issues and the proper path for a successful journey.
This training gives you a sense of peace in your daily life. It can enhance rehabilitation, regeneration, core training, certainly self-confidence, self-motivation, general alignment and wellness.
Here is a list of benefits:
1) opens up the vascular system
2) improves cardiovascular health
3) massages the internal organs
4) lubricates the spine
5) regulates blood pressure
6) regulates weight
7) produces gamma brain waves, serotonin, endorphins and adrenaline
8) reduces cortisol by reducing stress
9) reduces or eliminates migraines
10) boosts the immune system
11) increases muscle tone, muscle strength and overall muscularity
12) improves flexibility, dexterity, agility, mobility, adaptability
13) improves power of concentration, mental focus
14) develops reflexes and improves reaction time
15) increases physical speed
16) increases mental speed
17) reduces the need for chiropractic by improving alignment of the joints
18) puts you on a higher level
19) makes you feel amazing
Chi Kung is a glorious practice, and is coupled with tai chi training. Chi kung is performed without a great deal of external movement. The motion comes from inside. By maintaining a stable position such as a small horse riding stance, the practitioner is able to generate energy from the body’s center (just below the belly button, front and rear) and store it as life energy which can increase your lifespan.
Tai Chi became this writer's first successful meditation practice. Although I had tried consistently for five years to achieve meditative integrity through mantra repetition (repetition of a word or words to remind you to keep your attention in one spot) for two-and-a-half hours each day, I did not succeed at quieting the mind until I focused it on one tai chi movement as I was executing it. In wanting to achieve correct tai chi movement, my attention was unavailable for any external thoughts about health, wealth, wardrobe, décor, children, parents, success, failure, ice cream or yogurt.
The tai chi (along with kung fu and chi kung) allows you to turn on your own personal switch of meditation by the simple rotation of a joint or the movement of a wrist. The facility of stimulating all the nerve endings with one thought or movement comes with the discipline of experience, but, I believe, uses a natural learning curve the more time one continues to practice.
Lineage of Diane Gold
Beginning with Okinawan Go-Ju-Ryu with Gary Lutz in Orangeburg, New York, Diane continued her study with Byung Min Kim and Tae Kwon Do in New York; Diane became a devotee of the Chinese martial arts and studied Fu-Jow Pai (tiger claw kung fu) and Tai Chi Chuan, with a top student of the internationally famous Grandmaster Wai Hong of Chinatown, New York. She has owned and operated The Kung Fu Conservatory in Boca Raton since 1996. Diane is in her 16th year operating her kung fu and tai chi school in Boca Raton.
Kung Fu is Chinese in origin and is based upon animals and elements in nature. Tai Chi is also Chinese, is based upon the movements of the snake and the crane, based upon an older martial concept. Both these arts look good and feel great.
World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day
Diane Gold supports the global healing and world peace movement that is World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day. This day represents a worldwide series of tai chi/chi kung events beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time zone on the last Saturday of April each year. There are hundreds of events in over 65 countries. Here is a link to photos of the events in both 2006 and 2007 in Boca Raton of which she has been the overseer for nine years.
Corporate Tai Chi
Corporate Tai Chi, an original concept, refers to utilizing five minutes of tai chi exercise at a work, institution or school program, to develop productivity that causes increased profits in business/government and that causes thriving academic achievement to increase revenue for individuals and their institutions. It also deletes stress.
Experience vs. Observing
Experiencing tai chi or any of the martial and meditative arts is profoundly different from observing it. You are encouraged to try it for yourself to see if it fits your program.
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