Wednesday May 2, 2018
Tai chi, from martial art to pure art
ABOVE: Participants of all ages took part in the World Tai Chi and Qigong day at the Karori Recreation Centre last Saturday. RIGHT: Tai chi master Xing Qi Lin and his student Feng Yun Dai demonstrate a graceful tai chi dance. PHOTOs: Brian Sheppard By Brian Sheppard
People around the world mark the last Saturday in April as World Tai Chi and Qigong Day by practicing their tai chi at 10am. This year, an estimated 300 people from tai chi groups around Wellington crowded into the Karori Recreation Centre to continue the tradition, under the guidance of tai chi masters from China and New Zealand. Participants were young, old, fit and notso-fit. The tai chi masters led participants through their routines
and gave a number of demonstrations, showing tai chi as a martial art, with the graceful use of hands, feet, swords and fans which, in earlier forms, would also have been weapons. While the underlying martial art was always obvious, some of the demonstrations gave more prominence to the expression of tai chi as an art form. They showed that none is far from a preparation for combat, but all are practiced as an art form. Itâ€™s just that some are closer to martial art while others are closer to pure art. The presentation of tai chi as a pure art form was shown by
the visiting tai chi master from China, Xing Qi Lin and his student Feng Yun Dai, who performed a tai chi dance. Their carefully choreographed moves interpreted tai chi combat in a way that could almost be seen as romance.
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Independent Herald 02-05-18