The Modernization of Tai Chi  

1.  Shortened simplified forms

2.  Improved teaching methods

3.  Scientific research

 

Pam Kircher Master Tai Chi Trainer, ColoradoPam Kircher  Tai Chi Master Trainer, Colorado

The following is a brief version of the Kircher article to learn more go to

The Modernization of Tai Chi on Paul Lam’s site.

Several factors have led to the modernization of tai chi in the past 50 years….    Grandmaster Cheng Man Ching emigrated from China to New York in the 1960s… (but) the real blossoming of tai chi in the West was due to three other factors.  These are shortened simplified forms, improved teaching methods, and scientific research into the benefits of tai chi.

First, tai chi forms were shortened and simplified to be in harmony with the Western mind and lifestyle.  While the longer forms often took years to learn, the Western mind was more suited to shorter forms that could be learned in months rather than years.  These shorter modified forms were also more suited to people with physical challenges than were the longer traditional forms.  Since most people in the West were learning tai chi to improve their health, it was very useful to have forms that, with modifications, could be done by almost anyone, no matter what their physical challenges.

A second factor in the modernization of tai chi is the utilization of what has been learned in the field of education about the most effective modes of teaching. …

A third factor in the modernization of tai chi is the increasing interest in scientific research that looks not only at the impact of tai chi on various chronic conditions, but also the mechanisms by which tai chi actually works.  The 2013 book, The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi by Peter Wayne and Mark Fuerst includes information obtained from hundreds of research articles about the effects of tai chi.  These range from the impact on medical conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, and pulmonary problems to effects on improving sleep, decreasing stress, and slowing down many aspects of aging.

The three factors of shorter forms, improved teaching methods, and scientific support have led increasing numbers of health care providers to prescribe tai chi to improve the health of their patients.

This a brief version of the Kircher article to learn more  about Dr. Kircher  go  to her web site.

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