Tai Chi Chuan (Grand Ultimate Fist)
Not Just For Fighters Anymore
Tai Chi Chuan (grand ultimate fist) is a fantastic boxing art that also lends itself to be an incredible system of training for senior citizens. The overall benefits that seniors can attain are nothing short of miraculous. In th e years that I have been teaching my elders I have seen amazing increases in balance, strength, agility, flexibility, bone density, and self awareness. I have ha students begin class lacking the ability to get in and out of a bathtub and in a months time have the necessary strength to do so. My seniors can stand on one foot for two minutes at a time and most can do full deep squats. Tai Chi is a natural weight bearing exercise that uses the bodies system of bands (muscles/tendons/ligaments) as a weight machine. All the varied angles that a students move through in tai chi acts to constantly change the fulcrum and therby the amount of weight bearing activity in the body. The slow, smooth motions allow students to hone in on and feel their balance and body changes as they work. The same benefits that work for fighters (inceased strength, balance, agility, awareness) works great for seniors. Below is a photo of Chatham County Council on Aging’s Seniors Tai Chi Class. Classes are Mon and Wed mornings from 9:00-10:00 am.