Tai Chi

Kole Orfino

Tai Chi

HARD AND SOFT TYPE OF MARTIAL ART. SOMETIMES RELATIVELY SLOW, EXCEPT WHEN USED IN SELF DEFENSE.

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Balance

Balance is important in Tai Chi, because when getting in the poses you can fall over if you do not have balance. Balance can be improved by doing curls while standing on one leg, or by using a balance board.

Coordination

Coordination in Tai Chi is important to insure that you put your body in the right position at the right time. To improve coordination, you can throw and catch a ball, or use a racket to bounce a ball for 50 bounces.

Agility

Agility is used in Tai Chi when using it for self defense reasons. You have to change directions quickly to counteract the opponent. To improve agility, you can do agility ladder drills, cone drills, or use an agility ball with a wall.

Power

Power is used in Tai Chi because you need to be able to perform the movements with your body weight. Power can be improved by doing squat jumps and overhead medicine ball throws.

Speed

Speed is used in Tai Chi when using it against people. You need to be fast enough to defend yourself, or it is no help. Deadlifts and s[rints can help with this.

Reaction Time

As mentioned with speed and agility, reaction time is very important. If you cannot react quickly, agility and speed will do nothing. Although reaction time is somewhat genetic, it can be improved by practicing at speeds quicker than which you would normally. Therefore, in a real scenario, it seems slower and you can react better.

Mental preparedness

If you are not mentally prepared, you will fail because Tai Chi is difficult. If you are not ready mentally, you will struggle to perform physically. You can improve how prepared you are mentally by getting in a good mindset and practicing.

Nutrition

Nutrition is important so that you feel good. If you feel good you will perform better physically and have a better mindset. Nutrition can be improved by cutting out junk food and making sure you get enough fruits and vegetables.