I showed up at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi at 5h45am this morning to see my lovely couple of American tourists traveling Vietnam, who decided to learn some Tai Chi with a master. Yes, it was a bit early, but our private Tai Chi master said 6h00 is the best time to practice Tai Chi, local people also practice that time, and he will meet us at a flower garden nearby Hanoi Opera House.

 

It was still half dark outside of the hotel and there was nobody at the hotel lobby yet, but the city already woke up. Some ladies were sweeping the streets with their bamboo brooms creating wake-up-sounds, newspapers men cycling along with freshly printed news, and not very far from the hotel, a big group of ladies were doing exercise on a Michael Jackson’s song as a ground music.

 

When we walked to the little park, the Tai Chi Master was already there waiting for us with a beautiful tray of hot jasmine tea with some lotus seeds and ginger jams, which were great to wake us up.

 

 

After a brief hello, he talked to us about Tai Chi and how to practice. In Chinese, Tai Chi means “Supreme Ultimate”, and said to be started by Zhang Sanfeng in 12th century.

 

Tai Chi is an abbreviation of Tai Chi Chuan, which embodies China’s most profound concepts and principles of health and movement. Tai Chi offers true harmony between your body and your mind, many forms of Tai Chi are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.

 

 

Based on softness and awareness instead of force and resistance, Tai Chi has been recognized worldwide for centuries as a method of self-cultivation and an unexcelled form of self-defense.

 

Tai Chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm the emotions, focus on the mind, and strengthen the immune system. Practiced at a slow and even speed, Tai Chi promotes relaxation, straight posture, and balance.

 

 

In a very real sense, Tai Chi helps you stay younger as you grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being.

 

In Vietnam, Tai Chi is mostly practiced by elderly people at small parks in big cities, while younger people prefer badmintons or football. Hanoi is best known for this morning exercises including Tai Chi, different groups of local people gathering at corners of parks surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake every day to practice Tai Chi.

 

 

Our Tai Chi Master said he has been practicing tai chi for 20 years, he currently practices the 42 forms. Speak very good English, so our clients really enjoyed talking to him, his movements look really beautiful.

 

 

Our Tai Chi class took place for one hour, our clients were so happy when saying goodbye to the master, I walked our clients back to the hotel for a shower and breakfast before heading out for our city tour.

 

Buffalo Joe