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Chen-style Tai Chi passed down for over 600 years, differs from the common perception of slow movements in Tai Chi. Chen-style Tai Chi incorporates fast and slow movements, making it a healthy exercise that can cultivate both the Qi and the heart and is suitable for people of all ages.
Hong, Yun-her, a martial arts practitioner who learned martial arts during his youth, is the inheritor of Chen-style Tai Chi in Taiwan and the founder of “Yun Hsuan Tai Chi.” He learned from Mr. Pan, Yong-zhou, who taught Chen-style Tai Chi in Europe, America, Australia, and other places, adhering to the tradition and not arbitrarily changing the movements. He has also written books and trained successors, continuously promoting and developing Chen-style Tai Chi.
It was not until the autumn of the 17th year of the Republic of China (1928) that Chen-style Tai Chi began to be taught to the public. Master Hong, Yun-her, who has loved martial arts since childhood, started learning Chen-style Tai Chi in his 20s when he joined a Tai Chi club at his company. He learned from Mr. Pan, Yong-zhou and found it a perfect match for him. He even visited Mr. Pan's home to learn during weekends. In 1993, he established the Chen-style Tai Chi branch and served as the vice president and general secretary, resigning from his teaching position in July of the same year to fully devote himself to Chen-style Tai Chi.
A Remedy for Sedentary Lifestyles
Master Hong, Yun-her mentioned that in the modern day, people often experience tension in the shoulders, neck, spine, and wrists due to long periods of sitting. The movements in Chen-style Tai Chi can help alleviate these tensions.
Regular practice of the movements shown in the videos can improve personal health. However, understanding the profoundness of Tai Chi solely through pictures can be challenging, and practicing together in a martial arts training facility is recommended.
Starting Tai Chi in Childhood
While most people associate Tai Chi with being a healthy exercise for the elderly, the soft and hard aspects of Chen-style Tai Chi suit people of all ages. Master Hong, Yun-her pointed out that people of all ages who come to practice martial arts in the training facility gain different experiences and achievements.
As long as the student has reached the third or fourth grade of elementary school and is at least eight years old with stable bone development, they are suitable for starting Chen-style Tai Chi from a young age. In addition, the faster movements of Chen-style Tai Chi, compared to the gentler movements of Yang-style Tai Chi, better capture children's attention.
Tailoring Tai Chi for Different Age Groups, Yun Hsuan Tai Chi prepared different classes for different age groups. With various goals, such as promoting gradual progression, sparking interest, and allowing continuous and uninterrupted learning, students can experience the benefits of Tai Chi for the body.
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