Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress

Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance. By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

What is tai chi?

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may subtly emphasize various tai chi principles and methods. There are variations within each style. Some styles may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.

Tai chi is different from yoga, another type of meditative movement. Yoga includes various physical postures and breathing techniques, along with meditation.

Who can do tai chi?

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do tai chi anywhere, including indoors or outside. And you can do tai chi alone or in a group class.

Although tai chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying tai chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended..

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About the Instructor: 

Before becoming a Krav Maga instructor, Eddie Wells served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. Early in his career, he worked as Security Police Specialist completing tours in the US and abroad in South Korea. In addition, he worked with a Disaster Preparedness Support and Readiness. Once retired, his passion for protecting others led him to serve in the Security field. Working years in event and concert security, lead him to a promotion to Head of Security at a Nightclub in his local area. Eddie began his study of Krav Maga in 2011, and it instantly became his passion. Since then, Eddie has spent years expanding his own knowledge in Krav Maga. Eddie’s greatest joy lies in teaching both adults and children the importance of and steps to assure self-awareness and self-protection.

Qualifications:Civil Krav Maga Instructor
Fighting- & Self defense Skills:Krav Maga since 2011

We enable everyday people to defend themselves. No man should be threatened or attacked; no woman should be assaulted or raped; no child should be abducted or bullied. We develop in-depth training for bespoke environments from specialist military units to public-serving law enforcement.

We are fighters not technicians. We are Kravolution.

Since its inception, Krav Maga was created out of necessity. It was a solution to the problem of physical violence. Built on natural reactions, it follows very clear principles which are powered by the fighter within. It’s that simple. Here at KRAVolution we focus on making our members the best fighters they can become. We focus on the principles they need to confront violent scenarios. We also help them develop the aggression required to win the fight, because at the end of the day it’s the only way realistic self-defense can work. Techniques are the tools they need to solve these problems… that’s training. Let’s be clear, we are developing fighters who are master tacticians, not technicians who fight.

No Master decides on his own about the teaching methods or the curriculum. It is the decision of the KRAVolution Instructor Team how we continually develop the system. The system will be constantly tested by professionals all around the world and is verified by the new developments and knowledge of its professional users.

The checkpoints:

We teach everyday people essential self-defense.
We teach specialist organizations bespoke Krav Maga.
We develop students into fighter.
We grow instructors into teachers.
We focus on principles not on techniques.
We have an obsession for quality.
We are outwardly focused on our students and instructors; not ourselves.
We measure our success by the success of our students and schools.
We have a mandatory requirement for fun.
We strive to eliminate barriers to Krav Maga development.

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