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Tai chi gets thumbs-up

DECCAN CHRONICLE | CYNTHIA CHANDRAN
Published Jun 15, 2015, 7:03 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 9:12 pm IST
Office-goers opt for Tai Chi
A group practices Tai Chi. (Photo: DC)
 A group practices Tai Chi. (Photo: DC)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: While the minority community unleashed an uproar in the country against Surya Namaskara, Tai Chi, a form of Chinese martial arts, is getting rave reviews in the capital city.

This martial art form which is being practised mostly for defence training has got many health benefits.  V.S. Pradeep, a Tai Chi master, says that practicing it enables one to increase the body balance. Tai Chi is being widely considered as kung fu being done in slow motion.

 

Come June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated International Yoga Day which will see almost all 192 countries except Yemen participating. This has not gone down well with Muslim and Christian organisations.

While this controversy has been swirling, city dwellers have discovered Chinese martial art Tai Chi, which is a series of bodily movements performed in a slow and graceful manner.

Pradeep, national judge of Wushu, has been teaching Tai Chi for more than a decade now. He told DC that it was only recently that it started getting noticed among people who sat for long hours in front of the computer, causing osteoarthritis, diabetes, musculoskeletal pain etc.

 

“The good thing about Tai Chi is that it helps you physically, mentally and spiritually. Post 40 years there is a section of people who feel a lack of balance due to various health issues, forcing them to increase their bone density,” said Pradeep, who was also a former coach of Wushu.

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