Tai Chi Day - Brooklyn celebrates at Prospect Park • Brooklyn Paper

Tai Chi Day – Brooklyn celebrates at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (front left) helps generate Tai Chi energy by performing “Single Whip” with Tai Chi Chuan Master Tzyann Hsu (front right) and her class.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrated World Tai Chi Day with Park Slope Tai Chi Chuan Master Tzyann Hsu and her class in Prospect Park.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of this annual, world-wide event, where Tai Chi devotees from over 60 countries practice their art, generating Qi (life energy) and creating a wave of Tai Chi energy that circles the globe all day long.

An ancient Chinese martial art, Tai Chi is best known today for its health benefits. Indeed, studies have associated Tai Chi with relief from arthritis, back pain and headaches; reduced stress, anxiety and depression; lower blood pressure; increased muscle strength and bone-density (which helps prevent osteoporosis); a stronger immune system; and improved balance and coordination.

Combining slow, graceful movements with deep breathing, Tai Chi is in essence a form of moving meditation that relaxes the mind and body while building physical strength and cultivating Qi (life energy). The movements are easily modified to suit people of all ages and fitness levels from young athletes to older adults to people with chronic illness or disability. It is therefore no surprise that Tai Chi is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, practiced by millions of people across the globe.

A long-time Park Slope resident, Hsu teaches Tai Chi Chuan at the Brooklyn Branch of Yee’s Hung Ga International Kung Fu Association as well as at the Park Slope Senior Citizens Center and Prospect Hill Senior Services Center.

Hsu and her husband, Kung Fu master Peter Berman Yee, opened Yee’s Hung Ga-Brooklyn Branch in 1992, making it one of the oldest martial arts schools in Park Slope/Windsor Terrace. Located at Eight Windsor Place just off Seventh Avenue near 16th Street, the school offers classes in Hung Ga Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan for children and adults of all ages and fitness levels.

For more about Tai Chi Chuan or Hung Ga Kung Fu, call Yee’s Hung Ga-Brooklyn Branch at 718-768-7762 or go to www.yeeshung-ga.com.

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