One source of T'ai-chi was the dao-yin (doin) exercises and other secret systems practiced by Taoist sages to prevent aging and confer immortality.
To the Chinese, who have always been obsessed with the idea of never aging and immortality, the Taoist sages who are reputed to have enjoyed lives of hundreds of years without aging must have been like super heroes. Those sages practiced many secret techniques, such as dao-yin exercises, that maintained their health and preserved their youth. Those dao-yin exercises later developed into the art we know as T'ai-chi. Thus, T'ai-chi is a secret technique to restore youth and vitality.
T'ai-chi has the same effect as ch'i-kung healing
In China, those who have found no relief from doctors or from medications turn to T'ai-chi. This is because T'ai-chi has the same effect on the body as the very popular Ch'i-kung method of healing. In particular, it has extremely beneficial effects upon the cardio-vascular, respiratory, digestive, and autonomic nervous systems, aiding and improving the functions of all the body organs, both yin and yang. This is because T'ai-chi applies the appropriate stimulus to the acupuncture points located all over the body, balancing and maximizing the flow of ch'i through the meridians.
Wouldn't you like to experience for your_self the refreshing and exhilarating feeling that comes with practicing T'ai-chi?
The refreshing, exhilarating feeling one experiences after performing
T'ai-chi is very special. Invigorated chi flows freely throughout
the body, washing away all traces of fatigue and stress and leaving one
feeling cleansed and refreshed.
T'ai-chi is also an excellent means of self-DEFENSE
Martial arts such as Karate or the various Shaolin forms that utilize
the force of muscular strength are called "hard" or "external";
in contrasts, the arts of T'ai-chi, Hsing-i, and Pa-kua, which utilize
the power of ch'i are called "soft" or "internal."
Since the "soft" arts do not depend upon strong muscles, they
are very effective for everyone, both young and old, who may be lacking
in superior muscular strength. "The soft overcomes the hard"-this
saying well applies to the marvelous techniques, both defensive as well
as offensive, of T"ai-chi.
T'ai-chi brings health and beauty through change from inside the body
T'ai-chi is a slow, graceful series of actions that move in circles and that have a balancing effect upon all systems inside the body. When the body's systems are in balance, harmful substances inside the body, as well as excess fat, are expelled in to body wastes. T'ai-chi helps the body restore its original perfect balance and perfect health. And when it helps expel harmful materials, it gives the skin a wondrous silky sheen that makes the body seem to glow.