STANFORD TAI CHI RESEARCHS
Stanford hospital and Med school start Tai Chi research
Tai Chi is now being seriously studied by western medical science.
For centuries tai chi has been practiced for health and wellness. With so many practitioners claiming to have received benefits from tai chi exercise, It is no wonder that the art has made its way to the west. However, due to the traditional closed society and preference for secrecy of technique in ancient China, the level of understanding and quality of results varied widely from school to school. Now with Tai Chi transplanted in America it is being utilized in many arenas like high teck companies, schools, and public centers like senior centers and libraries. The resulting health benefits may vary greatly from place to place as there are different styles, understanding of internal energy, and methods of practice. Master Li's goal is to bring this traditional internal energy training method into the modern medical field for research and acceptance as a legitimate health and wellness exercise.
Starting April 19,2008. Stanford University will conduct an initial pilot research class. organized by Dr. Chris Payne, Debbie clay, and Tai Chi instructor Master Shudong Li, this pilot study will take measurements using the necessary scientific tools to measure what kinds of effects short term practice of tai chi can produce. The tai chi research class will be held twice a week for 1.5 hour classes and last for 3-6 months. One class will be held at the Stanford university campus and a second class at Li’s Wushu academy. We are excited to be a part of this kind of ground breaking research, and this is just the beginning of an ongoing long term study.