The gentle and strong way of Tai Chi

Below is an article by HENNESSY JEAN RANGAS last November 2010

It was 6 a.m. on a Sunday but instead of sleeping in, I was up early and walking briskly to attend my morning session of Tai Chi. Though I was only accompanying a friend, I wanted to observe and see for myself if the moves are really as elegant as the ones depicted in images and videos I saw online.

I had always wanted to practice a martial art both for fitness and for self-defense but I was too scared to break any bones. The fact that Tai Chi (literally translated "Supreme Ultimate Boxing") was actually a fighting style that employed gentle movements got me even more interested. It made me think about old kung fu movies and the cool moves of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

The instructor that morning was Antonio "Ton" Delgado. His unassuming nickname and pleasant demeanor hides the fact that he is a Tai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor from the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society. According to their website, the society “is a non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-political recreational club with the mission of promoting and integrating peace and harmony in the myriad activities of daily life since a life lived in radiant peace blesses one with the natural treasures of health, wealth, success, and prosperity."

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The gentle and strong way of Tai Chi - Lifestyle - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

Thank you Irene Chia for the email.

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