El Tiempo Latino, 2014.
“The benefits of Tai Chi”
Instructor Stephan Berwick discusses the benefits of this traditional martial art
It’s a Saturday morning and the instructor Stephan Berwick is in a hall in Arlington, Virginia in full teaching tai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art that means relaxed and harmonious movements combined with breathing and concentration, help in mental and physical health.
“We teach the true martial art tai chi, which s beneficial to health,” noted instructor in an interview with El Tiempo Latino.
Berwick, who spent part of his childhood and adolescence in Puerto Rico, said that discipline is necessary for Hispanics in particular because it is a way to deal with the pressures of work and to learn self defense.
“The values of Latinos include family, hard work and loyalty, which are the characteristics of traditional tai chi” he said.
The instructor explained that to practice tai chi a gym or a uniform is not required, but only a small space and can be 30 minutes daily or even just twice a week.
Berwick knows about the reality of minorities in part because he worked on the documentary film, Urban Dragons, dealing with Latinos and African Americans in the martial arts. This production emphasizes the union of the two groups in their mastery of martial arts to escape cycles of poverty and lack of values. Through martial arts, the warriors portrayed manage to achieve discipline and overcome obstacles.
Berwick said he has developed a system for teaching tai chi in locations in DC and Arlington, Falls Church and Herndon, Virginia.
Berwick calls it “tTrue Tai Chi” for its systematic and demanding training method, respecting the martial art developed in China and currently practiced by millions of people worldwide.
From deep strengthening practices to relaxation and classic combative techniques, “True Tai Chi” as called in English, allows students to develop their full potential within the traditions.
One of the students of Berwick, Ardeth Keller-Hines said that as a cancer survivor tai chi benefited her health during the treatment process to combat the disease.
Tai chi began as a combat art, but simultaneously evolved into a physical and spiritual practice. Some people practice this martial art as a moving meditation technique.
For details on the program write to firstname.lastname@example.org, truetaichi.com, visit the site or call (571) 334-6150.