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Tai chi was originally a martial art, but is now used more commonly for its health benefits, and as a relaxing mind-body exercise. It has been shown to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, improve blood pressure, and reduce stress. It can also improve strength and agility, especially if you incorporate knowledge of its roots in martial arts.
Thanks for the info. I was looking for other ways to relieve stress.
I find it hard to believe that Tai Chi is actually considered a fighting style. It has to be the most mild mannered/least aggressive type of defense I have ever witnessed!
This is all pretty true. What's funny is that my Tai Chi professor always told us that cats, immediately before pouncing, were purely relaxed. This is one of the quasi principles of tai chi as a martial art. You practice slow to be able to relax and perfect the motions, and then when somebody tried to do anything, you pounce. I tried it on my karate dork brother in law and scared him $hitless. It really works.