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Principles Improve Other Fitness and Sports Programs
Another important aspect is that the Taijiquan principles can help improve your other exercise programs and aerobic activities such as running, tennis, racquetball, golf, baseball, dance, etc. One does not have to do the Taijiquan form to benefit, but you can improve your performance by learning how to properly use Taijiquan principles, such as correct breathing, moving from center, and knowing how to relax with the movements. All great athletes use Taijiquan principles, even though they may not know that is specifically what they are doing. But when a technique is honest, it doesn't matter what its origin is or what name is used to identify it. A technique that ascribes to basic fundamental truths can be adapted to enhance everyone's' performance from the Little League to Major League Baseball.
During the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, in an "Up Front and Personal" segment the sportscaster introduced the television viewers to a wonderful Chinese diver. In the course of the mini-documentary about his life, the program showed the young Olympian hopeful doing Taijiquan as a part of his training. This talented diver, said he didn't study Taijiquan just to improve his sport, he practiced it to improve his whole life. He had it right. (Interestingly enough, Taijiquan is now under the process of developing International standards of judging, so that by the year 2,000 it may be an Olympic competitive sporting event). You can't help but to improve your golf swing or running when applying Taijiquan principles of centering, rooting, flowing, breathing, relaxing, and using the mind to move the body as one.
Today's Changing Marketplace
Taijiquan is a holistic practice. When an individual feels and acts in harmony with him/herself, the person's abilities are unified. In its simplicity are the seeds for profound achievement. Because today's sudden changes, shifts, mergers, and stressful demands are rapidly accelerating our lives we depend on the health and well-being of each individual to be the most focused, creative, and powerful person as they can be in and out of the office.
Taijiquan holds for us the ability not only to endure, but to do so without the casualties of stressful living.
We all need to learn how to make the best of what we have without squandering our talents and energy. Through Taijiquan an individual can "confront change in a relaxed balanced mannerThrough being centered, individuals can confront crisis situations with calmness."(13)
We have come a long way from "going for the burn". Now, perhaps we are ready for "going for the whole".
For additional information or inquiries, contact: Harriet Lynn, Communications Health/Network, Inc., 116 W. University Parkway, Penthouse 3, Baltimore, MD 21210 (301) 235-9194. Harriet Lynn, President of Communications Health/Network, Inc., Baltimore, MD. is a national lecturer, author, communictions/fitness consultant, and professional performing artist.
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11. Galante, Lawrence, T'ai Chi: Supreme Ultimate, Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1981.
12. Perry, Paul, Grasp the Bird's Tail, American Health, V-1, 58-63, Jan/Feb, '86.
13. Lynn, Harriet, T'ai Chi: Ancient Traditions for Promoting Wellness in Modern Times, Aging Network News, IV-l, 8, May, 1987.
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