Tai Chi sessions for relaxation


12-October-2011

Zhang performing the Tai ChiAll you have to do is register for the Tai Chi sessions which will take place from October 17-21 at the Seafront Restaurant, International Conference Centre.

Members of the public are cordially invited to follow the sessions free of charge from 5pm to 6.30pm and all those who wish to do so should contact the Sports For All Unit within the National Sports Council on telephone numbers 4671217, 4671242 and 4671200.

Experts say that 15 minutes of Tai Chi a day is your passport to your health, fitness, peace of mind and so much more, as the mind and body work in harmony for superb results.

Zhang Jianyong, a 41-year-old male vice professor and Wushu teacher at the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, will lead the sessions.

Zhang, who majored in Wushu and graduated from the Beijing Sport University, has been teaching Wushu and Tai Chi for 20 years and once worked in the China Cultural Centre in Benin for three years as a Wushu teacher.

Zhang, who is presently working at the China Cultural Centre in Mauritius as a Wushu teacher, has a lot of experience teaching foreigners Wushu and Tai Chi.

Tai Chi originated from ancient China and nowadays it is practiced as an exercise for health. It is suitable for almost anyone, is easy to learn for health improvement, has gentle and circular movements, integrates the body and mind, has many different forms, is enjoyable to practice, and is known in China for centuries to be effective for arthritis
Concentrating on correct posture and breathing control, Tai Chi’s movements are fluid, graceful and well balanced, promoting the complete harmony of body and mind.

Tai Chi provides the mental relaxation and physical fitness so essential in our modern stress-filled lives.

It is an unusual form of martial arts whereby those who practice it believe it builds strength – mental and physical – from within, that softness is stronger than hardness, that moving in a curve is better than in a straight line, and that yielding is more efficient than confronting.

G. G.

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