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Center for Asian Martial Arts
(617) 327-5100
75 Spring Street
West Roxbury, MA
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi, Bagua Zhang, Ship Pal Gye (18 Asian Weapons)

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Calvin Chin's Martial Arts
(617) 527-8890
66 Winchester Street
Newton Highlands, MA
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi, Sparring , Shaolin Hung Gar Tiger Crane Kung Fu , Wu Tai Chi

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Emerald Necklace Budo Martial Arts
(617) 230-1973
119 Braintree Street
Allston, MA
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Karate, Kobudo, Tai chi

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Tree of Life Tai Chi Ctr
(617) 623-1173
440 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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Shaolin Tai Chi Praying Mantis
(508) 894-8828
491 W Main St #3
Avon, MA
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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Mindful Body T'ai Chi Ch'uan
(617) 686-0841
15 St. Paul St.
Brookline, MA
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Inst
(617) 262-0600
883 Boylston St #4
Boston, MA
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi

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Brookline Tai Chi
(617) 277-2975
1611 Beacon St
Waban, MA
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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Davis Square Martial Arts
(617) 591-9656
408 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi, Qigong

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Tokyo Joe's Studios Of Self Defense
(781) 933-2008
4 Bennett Street
Woburn, MA
Martial Art Styles
Jeet Kune do, Jujitsu, Karate, Kempo, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, Tai chi, Kempo Karate

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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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