First students learn Basics of balance structure through proper stances, postures, and floor walking sets. Studies have shown tai chi to improve balance (people fall less) by 48%.
Ancient Temple Exercises create a gentle rhythm for the body to relax and stretch. Yoga postures tone and strengthen the core and other muscle groups. Specialty training includes Chi Ball Massage and Chakras.
Students learn many proper breathing patterns to increase energy. Chi (energy) building exercises along with various types of meditation improve one’s well-being and strengthens one’s mind.
Weapons help us harmonize with the world outside of us — including others. Learning to perform in concert with something outside of us is a basis for learning the skills to empathize and be at peace with those around us as well. Tai Chi includes many unusual weapons including the gim (double edged sword) and the iron fan.
Tai Chi Chuan emphasizes what is considered one of the highest defensive arts because of its natural motion and use of chi, or energy. BE Martial Arts students learn techniques of defense called posture sequences. They also study push hands learning many techniques to redirect and control another’s energy.
Students will also learn the codes, Chinese terminology, training formulas, tea ceremonies, and vibration chakras of this ancient and beautiful art we call Pai Yang Tai Chi.
Tai Chi reduce stress and has a beneficial effect on many conditions, from sore backs to mental health issues. The many stories of improvement to health and quality of life from people of all ages are very true. These arts also have a profoundly beneficial effect on deeper health issues such as MS or Parkinson’s Disease or problems resulting from traumatic injury.
Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking. "Although you aren't working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body," says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. "Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen."
Tai chi improves balance and reduces falls. Proprioception, the ability to sense the position of one's body in space, declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it easier to recover from a stumble. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.
When you are looking for a big calorie burn, tai chi may not come to mind. Although the movements are performed in a slow, controlled manner, the exercise system actually burns a fair number of calories. During one hour of Tai Chi training the calorie burn is around 300!