Eldridge's ATA Martial Arts

Benefits Of Tai Chi

Posted: April 05, 2017

Tai Chi developed in Buddhist and Taoist monasteries. Some experts believe that the martial art form was created by Zhang Sanfeng, a Taoist monk who lived during the 12th century. Other historians believe that Tai Chi developed later, perhaps as late as the 17th century. Regardless, today's students have an opportunity to benefit from studying the art form. No matter how old it is, Tai Chi offers benefits to people of all fitness levels in the modern world.


Although it's an old art form, Tai Chi meets the needs of contemporary people struggling with stress, wellness, and other health issues. Some benefits for people who practice Tai Chi regularly help them:

  • lose weight
  • improve balance
  • increase flexibility
  • increase focus
  • learn to relax naturally
  • increase strength
  • improve aerobic conditioning


Many students take Tai Chi classes simply because they need a way to release the stress of daily life. Tai Chi is like meditation in motion that helps you breathe deeply and naturally. As you do this, your body releases tension, which can, in turn, help lower blood pressure and improve heart function.

There's no reason to doubt that the mind-body connection affects everything in our bodies. Practicing Tai Chi regularly can help reconnect the mind and the body. Unfortunately, so much of modern life forces people to separate those essential elements. It's almost like their minds and their bodies lead separate lives, unaware of each other. Tai Chi reintroduces them so people can feel whole and connected to themselves.