Whoa, easy tiger.

I was a Tai Chi practitioner for about 7 years.

I was even being prepped to become an instructor for the school I was with back in 2000 before I switched to practicing Shaolin arts.

And during my years studying Shaolin Kung Fu, I got to train and spar along side many Tai Chi Chuan practitioners.

That’s why I feel qualified to tell you that if you’re practicing Tai Chi for health reasons you’re probably wasting your time.

Let me explain:

Consider why most people practice Tai Chi:

  1. To improve physical health
  2. To reduce the negative effects of stress
  3. To live a long active life
  4. For spiritual cultivation

Now consider the benefits of practicing Qigong:

  1. To improve health and increase vitality
  2. To increase longevity
  3. To develop internal force
  4. To improve mental clarity
  5. To cultivate the spirit

Doesn’t that list look very similar to why most people want from Tai Chi?

Now as I’m sure you’re aware, Qigong is the art of deliberately managing your bodies vital energy (Qi) to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual (PEMS) well-being.

What does that remind you of?

Most Qigong is composite of slow external movements co-ordinated with the breathing, performed in a meditative state of mind.

What does that remind you of?

That’s right, Tai Chi is Qigong!

Now, to keep this email short, if you are practicing Tai Chi solely for health reasons then Qigong is a better option because:

  1. There are fewer moves to learn.
  2. The theory is much simpler.
  3. It takes a lot less time to practice.
  4. It’s easier to develop the necessary skills to promote health.

Well, it is if you practice Qigong the way I teach it.

Qigong is significantly quicker and easier to learn than Tai Chi which means you can gain all those benefits I mentioned above -> quicker and easier.

The only area where Tai Chi kicks Qigong’s tail is that Tai Chi is (and to get it’s benefits it really should be practiced as) a martial art.

And then it’s not known as Tai Chi, it’s known as Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan.

So, if you’re a Tai Chi Chuan martial artist than I salute you.

But if you’re a Tai Chi practitioner, and you value your time, I strongly suggest you consider practicing Qigong instead.

You can start here: http://shaolinchikungbook.com

Kindest regards

Marcus