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Massachusetts Iron Brigade, Urban Goju Do
(508) 295-7654
57 sandwich Rd
Wareham, MA
Martial Art Styles
Arnis, Goju Ryu, Karate, Kendo, Kick Boxing, Kobudo, Tai chi, womens self defense workshops

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Li Family Martial Arts
(508) 823-2107
1470 Newstate Highway rte. 44
Raynham, MA
Martial Art Styles
Jujitsu, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, Tai chi, Xing Yi, Bagua, Shaui jao

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Body Mind Systems
(781) 279-1400
263 Main Street
Stoneham, MA
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Hapkido, Iaido, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kung Fu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi, Wushu

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Michael Macaris Kung-Fu Acad
(978) 667-9660
306 Boston Rd
North Billerica, MA
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi

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Chalmers Karate Tai Chi Yoga
(508) 885-0308
117 Main St
Spencer, MA
Martial Art Styles
Karate, Tai chi, Raja Yoga

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Wen Wu School of Tai Chi Chuan
(617) 720-4577
PO Box 564
Woods Hole, 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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Beyond Self-Defense
(781) 246-0152
364 Main St
Wakefield, MA
Martial Art Styles
Judo, Karate, Kick Boxing, Shotokan, Tai chi

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J R Roy's Martial Arts Studio
(413) 774-2888
1 Osgood St
Greenfield, MA
Martial Art Styles
Karate, 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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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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