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The Relationship of the Muscles and Connective Tissues in Tai Chi

The Relationship of the Muscles and Connective tissues in Tai Chi

Regardless of style most beginner Tai Chi forms put an emphasis on slow movement. People would watch Tai Chi practitioners slowly and gracefully move while doing a Tai Chi form. And the martial art appears to those who do not know as more of a dance.

However, one of the reasons for the emphasis in the slow movement is the relaxation of the muscles and connective tissues. The same way you would relax to open joints while stretching. Except in Tai Chi, you would not overextend.

The Relationship of the Muscles and Connective tissues in Tai Chi

The slow movements facilitate understanding the concept of Ting Jin and not relying on muscular force by tensing the muscles. Every motion arises from the letting go of excess tension in the body into the ground and allowing the reactionary force from the ground to move the body. Under the guidance of the mind.

The Relationship of the Muscles and Connective tissues in Tai Chi

Therefore, moving slowly helps one understand this concept easily. As supposed to moving fast in the beginning as this may be hard for a beginner.

In Tai Chi the pliability gained from relaxing the muscles and connective tissues allows for a whip like effect when striking from a martial point of view. And with regards to health, allows for better flow of blood.

The body opens internally and this may have a positive effect on your health.

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The Relationship of the Muscles and Connective tissues in Tai Chi

Added that you move in accordance with the principles of Tai Chi or internal martial arts.

“This relaxation” does not come immediately but through regular practice and helps one settle the mind or it allows for an efficient mind and body connectivity.

Martially speaking it aids in coordinating the lower and the upper body, making the whole body move like a unit. And one can easily redirect and neutralise an opponent’s movement.

Written by Narcisse Sadi who is a Tudi (student) of Dr Jeff Lan.  He is a certified 1stDuan Health Qi Gong by the International Health Qigong Federation. And  a 1st Duan Yang Style (Cheng Man Ching lineage) Tai Chi Chuan Instructor, certified by Dr Jeff Lan. 

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