A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with John Rundle in Queensland. John invited me to learn the basic movements of Tai Chi in a class that was held down at one of the local beaches on the Gold Coast. As it turned out, unfortunately I was unable to attend and I therefore forgot about it.
Just recently, John left a comment on my website where he recommended Tai Chi as a wonderful slow-movement exercise for me to consider adding as something we can do from home… to get us moving!
That’s when I had one of those “Ah-ha!” moments… you know, I hadn’t really thought about it again, but I decided to right away go and see what I could find.
Online I found a good video which leads you through 18 various moves… immediately I stood up, cleared a space, and followed along with them. Well I can tell you… I loved it! It was so beautiful that I made a decision right then and there to add it to my movement regime.
Aren’t these basic movements of Tai Chi only for older people?
Many think Tai Chi is only for older people, but it’s really not the case at all. Straight away I could see the advantages of consistently following these movements on a regular basis.
Finding a Tai Chi class in your local area shouldn’t be a hard thing to do and that way you can move on from these basic movements and receive a lot more benefits.
Once you learn some of the basic moves you can basically do it anywhere you feel comfortable… in the lounge room, in the backyard… on the beach… with music… without! No equipment is required, it really doesn’t get better than that.
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Thanks John… see how we can all benefit from one little comment… love it!
Join with me as we follow along!
Well, how did you find that… did it loosen you up a bit? Don’t forget to let us know…
12 Thoughts to “Basic Movements of Tai Chi”
The Shibashi1video above is a good introduction. Although it appears that not much is happening there is in fact a great deal in progress internally, affecting muscles, bones, tendons and organs.
I can only comment from personal experience as a triple bypass subject, who has maintained an excellent state of health with no problems after four years since surgery. Blood pressure and other factors are normal and my last blood tests showed nothing other than normal. I put this down to a good diet and the regular exercises from Tai Chi, both in class and at home. Although the video shows an older group, the exercise can be done beneficially by any age, and many younger people join the 200-300 in my twice weekly class. And for people who have trouble standing for any length of time, many exercises can be done whilst sitting.
Highly recommended, and well worth researching.
Thanks again John! I’ve been finding it most enjoyable to do even just following along with the video. Really I don’t know any more than that but I can see it would be a very worthwhile activity. As you have mentioned, although we can’t see what is happening there is actually a lot going on.
I want to congratulate you on your health – that’s a marvelous result and I trust it will continue for many, many years to come. Well done! You must be doing something right!
I have been doing Tai Chi for quite some time and have to agree there are many good benefits. You need to keep at it though and would be good to learn more than the basics show here but its a good start.
Indeed it would, I agree Master! I give it here just as a beginning. You may find classes in your area. John (below) can attest to the many benefits of attending classes on a regular basis. Thanks for your comment.
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Thank you Rudy! I hope you do. Marilyn
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Thank you so much, I’m really glad you are enjoying it. Marilyn
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Wow thanks Susie, I hope you know how much I appreciate words of this nature. Let me know if you have any questions as I’d be happy to try and answer them for you. Marilyn
I followed the video and found it reasonably easy to do. Have you found any other moves we could follow?
Not really Edwin. But you could always go onto YouTube as I’m sure you would find other good videos on there.