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Tai Sophia Institute
(410) 888-9048
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD
Specialty
Acupuncture, Energy Healing, Feng Shui, Herbology, Integrative Medicine, Life Coaching, Meditation, Nutrition, Qi Gong, Reiki, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wellness Centers, Yoga
Associated Hospitals
Student Clinic

American Tai Chi Ctr
(301) 565-0665
8241 Georgia Ave #2
Silver Spring, MD
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi

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US Taekwondo Academy
(703) 250-0100
5589 Guinea Rd
Fairfax, VA
Martial Art Styles
Hapkido, Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi, Tang Soo Do, Weapons

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Nash Sports
(202) 232-6677
3339 14th St NW
Washington, DC
 
Fitness Workshop
(202) 986-4859
1301 1st St NW
Washington, DC
 
Arlington Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Kettlebell at White Birch School
(703) 920-9746
2526 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA
Martial Art Styles
Kung Fu, Tai chi

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Upper Marlboro Martial Arts and Wellness Ctr
(301) 574-4515
6417 S Crain Hwy
Upper Marlboro, MD
Martial Art Styles
Tai chi, Tang Soo Do

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U.S. Tae Kwon Do College
(703) 690-5425
8921 Ox Rd
Lorton, VA
Martial Art Styles
Aikido, Brazilian Jujitsu, Hapkido, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, Ninjutsu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai chi, Tang Soo Do

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A & A Athletic & Recreation Inc
(202) 543-0556
212 7th St SE
Washington, DC
 
Nash's Sports Center
(202) 488-4440
704 Lenfant Plz SW
Washington, DC
 
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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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