tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
\ˈtī-ˈchē, ˈtī-ˈjē\
variants: or less commonly t'ai chi

Definition of tai chi 

: an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises

called also tai chi chuan, t'ai chi ch'uan\ ˈtī-​ˈchē-​chü-​ˈän , ˈtī-​ˈjē-​\

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This class will be a little more qui gong and a little less tai chi. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Discover antiques and art in Waukesha April 20-22," 16 Apr. 2018 Those activities include dragon and lion dances, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, music, fortune telling and more. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The week’s top 10 list is hoping the weather cooperates with fun," 14 Feb. 2018 Today, the 67-year-old Wyncote resident stays active with dancing, yoga, tai chi, and boxing — and enjoys singing with the ParkinSingers Choir. Terri Akman, Philly.com, "Parkinson's Disease may affect women differently. These researchers aim to find out why," 12 July 2018 In three phases, participants can stretch with yoga or tai chi, then take an empowering walk, and finally relax with aromatherapy, massage and meditation. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: A triathlon with yoga, acupuncture? In the cancer fight, it can help the journey," 7 May 2018 Now open to the public, the gardens surrounding the Temple of Heaven serve as a lively gathering spot for local Beijingers to practice taiji (tai chi), play games, sing and dance. Mei Zhang, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to China," 5 Oct. 2016 Fourth District Seniors Resource Center, Southeast San Diego — Line dancing, tai chi and strength training, glide and stride walkers, personal growth and development classes, table games, pool table and yoga. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Senior fitness: Keeping body and mind in shape," 24 Apr. 2018 All participants receive classes in yoga, tai chi, stage combat and body awareness. Paul Hodgins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Opera NEO blazes new trails on a shoestring, focusing on education and unpredictability," 1 July 2018 In recreation rooms, some boys watched a soccer match on TV; some took part in a tai chi class; others played pool or foosball (in one case with a cue ball). Bob Ortega, CNN, "What it's like inside the former superstore in Texas where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of tai chi

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tai chi

Chinese (Beijing) tàijíquán, from tàijí the Absolute in Chinese cosmology + quán fist, boxing

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English Language Learners Definition of tai chi

: a Chinese form of exercise that uses very slow and controlled movements

tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
variants: also t'ai chi \ ˈtī-​ˈjē, -​ˈchē \

Medical Definition of tai chi 

: an ancient Chinese discipline involving a continuous series of controlled usually slow movements designed to improve physical and mental well-being

called also t'ai chi ch'uan, tai chi chuan\ -​chü-​ˈän\

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