Taiji is a wonderful martial art which may benefit many patients. However, when teaching taiji at a Parkinson clinic I quickly began to wonder about a number of questions:
– Should I really expect a person suffering from a movement disorder to learn and execute such complex moves?
– Which are the basic principles of Taiji ( TaiChi ) movements, and how can these principles be used to mitigate the motor deficiencies caused by movement disorders?
– How should my training method be modified in order to bridge the gap and make these principles accessible to all participants?
These considerations led me to simplify movements, placing greater emphasis on conveying the principles of taiji and on integrating these principles into everyday movements such as standing – walking – sitting.