Islamabad - China Cultural Centre would organise ‘Tai Chi’ Chinese Martial art training class here at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) today (Monday).

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art, practiced for both its defence training and its health benefits. The term Taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands, demonstration competitions.

As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tàijíquán are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.

Today, tai chi has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of tàijíquán trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Hao, Wu and Sun. All of the former, in turn, trace their historical origins to Chen Village.

In the last twenty years or so, tàijíquán classes that purely emphasize health have become popular in hospitals, clinics, as well as community and senior centres.

An official of Chinese Cultural Centre told this agency that instructor would train the participants in the Tai Chi training class. She said that the event would be attended by students various educational institutions.