The health benefits of tai chi

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Original post, published on Harvard Health Publications website

This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.

Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
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The Healing Power of Tai Chi

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Original post written by Darlene Reid, published on The University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine website.

The ancient Chinese exercise can alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for people suffering from chronic conditions, including cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These are the findings of a study published this month by physical therapy professor Darlene Reid in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. By analyzing data of over 1,500 patients with one of these four chronic conditions, Reid and her colleagues found that Tai Chi improved physical capacity and quality of life without causing pain or breathlessness. She spoke with Faculty of Medicine writer Carolyn Morris about her research.

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Ji Hong Team Competes at 2014 National Junior Wushu Championships

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The 2014 National Junior Wushu Championships have come to a close and the Ji Hong team has once again proven itself to be a formidable force on the national stage. This year’s championships were held in Hamilton, Ontario between February 15 and 16, 2014. The competition divided athletes into 3 age groups: Group A (16-18 years of age), Group B (13-15 years of age), and Group C (12 and under). The top 2 male and female athletes from each age group were selected to the Canadian National Jr. Team, which will represent Canada at the 5th World Junior Wushu Championships to be held on March 11-18, 2014 in Antalya, Turkey.

The Ji Hong team consisted of 2 Jennifer Gu and Jonathan Leung) and 4 athletes:
Brandon Luo (Group C), Isaiah
Wong (Group B),
Jordan Cao (Group
B), and Jennifer
Chen (Group B).

Despite being one of the smaller teams at the championships, the Ji Hong athletes performed extraordinarily, winning a total of 7 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal. Both Brandon and Isaiah displayed complete dominance in their respective categories by winning gold in each of their 3 events. Their spectacular performances earned them each a spot on the Canadian National Jr. Team, and both will compete at the World Championships in March. For both Jordan and Jennifer, this competition proved to be their national debut, having never competed in wushu at the national level before. Both performed remarkably, Jordan winning a bronze medal in Changquan (Northern Hand Form), and Jennifer winning a gold and silver medal in Taijiquan (Tai Chi Hand Form) and Taijijian (Tai Chi Sword Form) respectively. We look forward to seeing Jordan and Jennifer continue to work hard and their continued success at future competitions.

We would like to wish Brandon and Isaiah best of luck as they represent Canada and compete against the top athletes in the world at next month’s World Junior Wushu Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Jiayo!

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