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Resolution: T'ai Ch'i Ch'uan

Posted by Christy / January 17, 2007

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People get scared off from organized forms of exercise because they fear failure. What if, one asks oneself, I'm the worst player at the tennis club? What if I sign up for a gym and forget to go? What if I try to go for a run and COLLAPSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET? Dying in public is such drama.

That's why the slow-moving art of tai chi is so perfect. Tai chi is a surprisingly good exercise but, in North America, it has gained a reputation of being mostly for retired people and tiny Asian housewives. That's why you can work this form of exercise to your advantage, for with your young, supple limbs... you can be a tai chi ROCKSTAR.

Plus, it's also a martial art. So really what we're talking about is NINJA rockstars. That's right.

The hardest part of tai chi is getting the form down. However, in all likelihood your nimble young brain will have far less trouble learning the basics than the rest of the class, which means you can put the majority of your focus into perfecting your skillz. It's completely possible to work at your own pace, and tai chi only gets harder the better it's done. My excellent instructor at MIlton-Park told me that, at his best, he becomes soaked in sweat within five minutes. And that's if he moves slower.

Plus, according to Wikipedia, tai chi can burn more calories than surfing, and almost as many as downhill skiing. It also requires no special equipment, so you'll never feel guilty if you quit, the way you do about that NordicTrac you use to string up your indoor clothesline.

My session had a distinct calming influence. I left feeling quiet and balanced, the way I usually feel after a much more strenuous exercise. I'd noticed that my instructor was exceedingly fit for any age group, but especially for a middle aged guy, and I asked him what other kinds of exercise he incorporated into his lifestyle. "Just tai chi," he said.

Check out other tai chi locations at the Montreal Tai Chi Club's website.

Discussion

8 Comments

scott / January 17, 2007 at 04:52 pm
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to test the ninja theory, i'm going to start breaking a chair across the back of anyone i see doing tai chi in the park. sneak up...BLAM!
Christy / January 17, 2007 at 08:31 pm
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All part of the midnightpoutine motto, right? We don't report the news... WE ARE THE FUCKING NEWS MOTHERFUCKER.

Aggressive, but awesome.
golu dolls / March 20, 2019 at 06:26 am
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 20, 2019 at 06:26 am
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nice post
Kanchipuram sarees / March 20, 2019 at 06:26 am
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nice post
Herbal Powder / March 20, 2019 at 06:27 am
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nice post

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