What are the problems, or what are the problems that a student of tai-chi can hopefully find solution in his practice? One major problem that a good practice of tai-chi can solve is to have a fitness and conditioning program for the middle-aged. Another major problem is to have a health maintenance/enhancing program for elderly, people suffering from long-term illness and patients recovering from major surgery or treatment (like chemotherapy). The last (but certainly not least) problem is to have a vigorous work-out/conditioning program for martial artists and other athletes who wish to have a major overhaul of one's mind-body structure, the achievement of which can help the athlete to obtain top results.
Needless to say, the program to solve these problems will not be the same for each. In the training program that I have devised (Training), I include three major elements: zhan zhuang, tai-chi proper and Taoist meditation. Zhan zhuang (mainly borrowed from the practice of I-chuan/Da ChengQuan [意拳/大成拳) formed the foundations for all programs. The more strenuous Nei Gong part of tai-chi can be skipped for the elderly who can do more meditation instead. These are examples of how a program can be tailored made for specific needs.
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