What is Tennis Tai Chi?
First off, what is Tai Chi? The often-heard, over-simplified
phrase to describe Tai Chi is “moving meditation.” In fact, Tai Chi is a complex, internal martial art based on very simple concepts (see Essential Points to
Remember on the Resources page). I like to emphasize the word “art” however, because art is the quality of expressing oneself according to certain principles. So
Tennis Tai Chi
is simply Tai Chi with a tennis spin - that is, movements that emphasize the Tai Chi principles but applied to tennis.
Practicing Tennis Tai Chi
will incorporate fundamental and essential body movement principles into all levels of your game that will allow your existing skills to naturally emerge. By focusing on body movement instead of pure mechanics we help clear the mind, enhance our sense of “centeredness” and move from within. If we use this internal mindfulness approach we allow our body to do the things that it has already learned.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced level
players can all benefit from a more centered and body-conscious approach. And importantly, the body movement and awareness principles are not meant exclusively for tennis and
they are by no means new ideas. They are age old principles that provide the foundation for this ancient Chinese martial art and they can be applied to anything that you set
out to do!