I cannot recommend tai chi enough, especially for the elderly wishing to stay active or those who cannot participate in vigorous sports or easily get up and down off the floor for yoga. My sister-in-law is an instructor in kung fu and tai chi, and some of her tai chi students are in their 70's and 80's who even compete in tournaments.
However, I think the article itself is a bit...superficial and poorly researched, and the use of quotes around "masters" to be rather condescending. This is definitely a definition by western standards and is what "cheap" tai chi predominantly is in the US, but it is not about real tai chi. Tai chi is a martial art, this is why it is always part of kung fu tournaments in the US and abroad, and any instructor worth his salt will know the martial applications of each of those "gentle" movements.
I had the pleasure of meeting a grand master of tai chi and he would even contend that tai chi is not a soft martial art at all, it is practice softly, but applied hard. This is a man who can literally throw you across the room. Tai chi's martial aspects are definitely not a thing of the past.
I believe this article's basic description, "meditation in motion," much more accurately describes the practice of Qigong, which I would also recommend.
- 4/1/2011 9:19:08 AM