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The ancient art is alive on the Isthmus
By Kevin Reilly
Translating as “grand ultimate,” Tai Chi refers to a wide and long lineage of a certain Chinese martial arts “training systems.” The practice continues to grow in popularity and now, Tai Chi has come to Panamá.
Tai Chi-riquí is a relatively new, non-profit group sharing Yang-style Tai Chi in the province of Chiriquí. Classes are held in Boquete every Monday & Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Boquete Community Players Theater and in David every Tuesday & Friday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Total Gym.
According to The Arthritis Foundation, “Tai Chi is proven to reduce pain and improve mental and physical well-being.” They note that the practice promotes increased joint flexibility and range of motion, improves balance and coordination, increases the ability to relax and cope with stress, improves concentration, memory and posture and a host of other benefits.
Want to give Tai Chi a try?
Tai Chi emphasizes technique over strength and you can practice it regardless of your age or physical ability. It is inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
If you would like to start a Tai Chi group where you are or if you want to become a Tai Chi instructor, we can help. We also refer people in Panamá to other qualified instructors. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.