Tai Chi Chuan, Push Hands
Tai Chi Chuan is a soft style of Kung Fu and literally translates to: "Supreme Ultimate Fist". Originally developed as a method of self-defense in the 14th century, Tai Chi is most often practiced today for its health benefits. Significant health benefits can be attained with only 15 - 30 minutes of practice twice per week. However, Tulsa Kung Fu does divulge the martial aspects of Tai Chi to those who desire it.
Tai Chi Chuan Curriculum
First, students go through an "Orientation" process where they are taught the basics such as: etiquette, terminology and Tai Chi theory / philosophy. This becomes the "Foundation" from which they build their Tai Chi knowledge upon.
Next the student begins to learn a Tai Chi Solo set or form. Learning just one set could take several weeks.
General Benefits: "Tai Chi teaches inner strength while toning muscles, increasing flexibility, and boosting immune power." -Men's Health Magazine, Mar/Apr '93
Breathing, Aches, Blood Pressure: "Participants observed a big increase in breathing capacity, a disappearance of back aches; those with high blood pressure claimed a drop of 10-15 mm Hg systolic at rest and all claimed to have more energy." -Hawaii Medical Journal, Aug '92
Balance: "A ten year study on aging through Harvard, Yale, and Emory Universities determined not only that Tai Chi was superior to more technological balance therapies, but that Tai Chi reduced the risk of falling by 48%. Complications from these injuries are the sixth leading cause of death in older Americans and account for about a ten billion dollar loss per year to the economy." -USA Today, May '96
To enhance their Tai Chi skill and application, the Intermediate student may learn an exercise called Push Hands.
Ancient weapon forms are used to develop strength, speed, stamina and coordination.
2603-D S. Memorial Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74129-2601
Tai Chi Chuan Schedule:
At the Academy
with Master Hildreth