More To The Story: Tai Ji

Dave Staley visits a class to learn how an old martial art is getting new followers

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – It’s an old building in the St. Elmo area of Chattanooga. Inside the walls, Chris Campbell is teaching an old version of martial arts. For the internal system.

It’s Tai Ji. Originating in China back in the 1600’s.

Chris has lived here in the Scenic City for over 20 years. He’s been a Tai Ji teacher for longer than that.

He says he loves all that the exercise encompasses, to include the philosophical aspect.

Chris believes the benefits of Tai Ji, especially during this on-going pandemic, are tremendous.

“When we relax ourselves, the body takes care of itself quite well. When there’s stress and tension, which is what we’re surrounded by these days, well, we need to work on balancing that.”

Tai Ji is all about living within nature. Where less is more. It’s always done standing up. It’s not hard, but it is different. And it takes a little time to get used to.

Chris Campbell has just started a 12 week course. In person and online. He says his goal is to spark up the art form.

“When I first started, it seemed as if yoga and Tai Ji were on the same level of popularity. But for whatever reason, Tai Ji never stayed up there. Whereas yoga is now very popular. And rightly so, it’s a wonderful exercise. The two are alike, but very different.”

Both Joan and Carol are regular students of Chris’s course. They say Tai Ji has helped with their balance and dexterity.

If you’d like to join the class, head to Chris Campbell’s website:

Dave Staley, News 12 Now.

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