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Tracy's Kenpo Karate
(318) 426-2563
1020 Shreveport Barksdale Highway
Shreveport, LA
Martial Art Styles
Jujitsu, Karate, Kempo, Tai chi, Kenpo

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Lee's Kung Fu & Tai Chi
(318) 869-1122
134 E Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi

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Acadiana Karate
(337) 233-8838
2464 West Congress St
Lafayette, LA
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi

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American Kung Fu Academy
(318) 442-9422
88 Macarthur Dr #A
Alexandria, LA
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi

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Red Phoenix Martial Arts
(504) 885-4254
4636 W. Esplanade
Metairie, LA
Martial Art Styles
Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi

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Shreveport Martial Arts Center
(318) 455-8609
852 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Arnis, Iaido, Silat, Tai chi, Tang Soo Do, Kajukenbo, Filipino Martal Arts, Combat Silat

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Shaolin-DO Kung Fu & Tai Chi
(504) 944-1880
831 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi

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Baton Rouge School of Tai Chi
(225) 927-5761
459 Apartment Court Dr #103
Baton Rouge, LA
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Ctr
(504) 866-2241
8132 Willow St
New Orleans, LA
Martial Art Styles
Karate, Tai chi

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Shreveport Martial Arts Center
(318) 455-8609
852 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Arnis, Iaido, Silat, Tai chi, Tang Soo Do, Kajukenbo, Filipino Martal Arts, Combat Silat

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Slow and Steady: Tai Chi Chuan Offers Improved Stability for Older People

A major concern for elderly people is avoiding falls that could break bones or cause other injuries. About 30% of people over age 65 suffer a fall at some point, and half of those people fall more than once. Good physical conditioning, strong muscles, and flexibility can help people avoid falls. But most exercise programs are too fast and furious for older people.

That's where Tai Chi Chuan comes in. Also called "Chinese shadow boxing," this ancient form of exercises uses slow, steady movements. Tai Chi involves a series of graceful movements linked together. The body constantly but slowly shifts from foot to foot with a low center of gravity. Tai Chi emphasizes deep breathing and concentration.

This study in Taiwan compared the balancing abilities of two groups of people. One group had practiced Tai Chi every day for at least 30 minutes. They had been practicing Tai Chi for two to 35 years. The control group did not do Tai Chi. People in both groups were over age 65 and were active and fit. Researchers measured subjects' ability to balance for 20 seconds under increasingly difficult conditions. Subjects stood on a platform that swayed and were given increasingly confusing visual feedback or had to balance with their eyes closed. (Vision helps us compensate for lack of balance.) Subjects also did tests that involved shifting from foot to foot in specific patterns at different speeds.

Results showed no difference between the two groups in the simpler balanci...

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