Tai Chi / Qigong Benfits
Among the many legends and myths about the birth and spread of Tai Chi, there is one about an old Tai Chi master, who, at deathbed, called his three sons and inquired with each what have they learned about the art of Tai Chi. “It is quite straight forward,” said the first son. “Tai Chi is purely a martial art. The moves are derived from animals fighting and the forms are devised with the idea of ‘no enemy, a thousand enemies, a thousand enemies, no enemy’(*).” “Very good,” replied the father and sent him on his way. The second son, when queried about the purpose of Tai Chi, answered “Tai Chi is a healing art. It mobilizes the Qi in the body so balance can be restored, both mental and physical. When Qi flows freely in the body – without any blockages, disease finds no home.” “Very good,” replied the father, and sent him on his way. The third son said “Tai Chi is the path of the spiritual seeker. It is the embodiment of The Way. Through the practice one can elevate himself above the body, and find abode between heaven and earth.” “Very good,” stated the father, “now that I know the three of you together preserve the spirit of Tai Chi, I can pass on.”
For some practitioners Tai Chi is a martial art and as such it is graceful, yet can also be deadly. For some Tai Chi is a healing art, and for others it is a spiritual path. Then again, for some it is any combination of the above. The practice of Tai Chi and Qigong is all encompassing.
(*) as a martial art, when practicing any of the Tai Chi forms, the approach taken is that though facing no enemy, the practitioner, commonly referred to as player in Tai Chi, imagines he/she are facing a thousand enemies, so when time may come and the player may face a thousand enemies, he/she will feel as if they face no enemy.