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Outdoor practice in Beijing's Temple of Heaven.
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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Unfortunately, Wii Fit does not have any Tai Chi training. At least,  not yet. Some of my clients are clammering for a tai chi module for Wii Fit, or even a separate Wii game with Tai Chi. At this time, however, if you want to learn Tai Chi, you’ll have to do it the “old fashioned way,” with a video or DVD.

What is Tai Chi Anyway?

According to the Mayoclinic: “Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. To do tai chi, you perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Tai chi has many different styles, such as yang and wu. Each style may have its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.

The result of all this variation is that there are more than 100 possible movements and positions with tai chi, many of which are named for animals or nature. Regardless of the variation, all forms of tai chi include rhythmic patterns of movement that are coordinated with breathing to help you achieve a sense of inner calm. The concentration required for tai chi forces you to live in the present moment, putting aside distressing thoughts.”

Read the entire article about Tai Chi from the Mayoclinic here.

David Carradine‘s AM & PM Tai Chi Workout for Beginners (1999)

One of the highest rankings videos for Tai Chi on Amazon is the David Carradine Tai Chi Workout.

While David Carradine is no longer with us, his Tai Chi routines are preserved on DVD and have great rewview. Plus who wouldn’t want to learn a martial art from an old friend, aka Kung Fu from the old television show of theh same name.

Here’s What Amazon Reviewers Say About David’s AM & PM Tai Chi Workout DVD:

• Both the Chi Engery Workout and this one include Arnold Tayam as the instructor. David Carradine does all the talking and the other students and the instructor follow along.

There are two 1-hour workouts on this DVD. The AM is really called Tai Chi for the Mind and can be done either in the AM or the PM. You work on your Chi Engergy similar to David’s other DVD called Chi Energy Workout. You start out with stretching to warm up your muscles, then you move on to the stances, Tai Chi Ball movements, and The 8 Moves of Chi Kung. You end your practice with Dan Tien Ball Rotation. It is a wonderful way to get in touch with your internal energies and is a very gentle workout for your body.

The PM workout is really called Tai Chi for the Body. Again, you could do this workout any time of day. You start out with stretching, move on to individual stances, and then it is put together in Combination and The Complete Form. I am still working on the individual stances and have begun working on the Combination, which ties all the stances together. I will wait to use the Complete Form segment until I feel comfortable with the movements.

You also get a wonderful meditation with David Carradine. I love his voice and even though it is a still picture on the TV during the mediation, it is okay since your eyes are closed. I lay down during the mediation, but you can also sit in a cross-legged position, or in a chair.

• I bought this DVD because I need to regain some agility and lose some weight. I limbered up after about two weeks. The weight loss will take longer, but I’m in no hurry. It is a good program for someone who has poor coordination and zero athletic ability, and hates to exercise.

• The tape is easier to follow than I expected. Following David Carradine’s voice is very soothing. My doctors have recommended Tai Chi for my arthritis, to help movement but also for the breathing and relaxing capabilities. Don’t get me wrong Tai Chi is difficult to learn because itself is very complex, but the tape is easier to follow than others I have seen.
Read more Amazon reviews here. Order the DVD from Amazon here.

Or go online and learn Tai Chi for free using this online program by Al Simon, here.

Check out this article on Wii Fit Plus and Tai Chi. No,  Wii has not added a Tai Chi module as of yet. But this article does show some Tai Chi moves and suggestions for using Wii Fit Plus to make movements similar to Tai Chi.

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