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Wu Hsing Chuan Shaolin Academy
(314) 721-6003
6740 Olive Blvd
St Louis, MO
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi, Kung Fu

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Park's Martial Arts
(636) 230-5667
677 Big Bend Rd
Ballwin, MO
Martial Art Styles
Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi

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Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong School
(314) 772-9494
2734 Lafayette Ave #2
St Louis, MO
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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Mong Su Dom Tai Chinese Karate
(417) 623-5995
2014 S Main St
Joplin, MO
Martial Art Styles
Karate, Tai chi

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Farmington Martial Arts
(573) 760-1630
110 W. Pine St
Farmington, MO
Martial Art Styles
Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi, Youn Wha Ryu

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World Martial Arts Academy
(636) 926-0001
1000 Cave Springs Rd
Saint Peters, MO
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Judo, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi

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Tae Kwon-DO Karate Club
(314) 352-3353
4722 Gravois Ave
St Louis, MO
Martial Art Styles
Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi

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World Martial Arts Academy
(636) 926-0001
1000 Cave Springs Rd
Saint Peters, MO
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Judo, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi

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Mong Su Dom Tai Chinese Karate
(417) 358-0008
307 W Airport Dr
Carthage, MO
Martial Art Styles
Karate, Tai chi

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Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong School
(314) 772-9494
2734 Lafayette Ave #2
St Louis, MO
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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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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