Date
18 December 2017
The lessons of tai chi can be applied to everyday life. Photo: Laura Beasley, Flickr
The lessons of tai chi can be applied to everyday life. Photo: Laura Beasley, Flickr

Teen fears tamed and transformed by tai chi

A tai chi class last summer proved a game changer for 17-year-old Nelson, a student long taunted by bullies at his school, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Nelson first signed up for the class seeking the tools for revenge against his tormentors but the training took him in a completely different direction — in just two weeks it taught him to be tolerant, forgiving and easygoing.

The classes are organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and are on again this year between July 13 and 25 in Sai Kung. The 13-day camp costs HK$1,800 per person and is open to people aged between 12 and 25.

In all, five tai chi masters from the Wudangshan martial arts school in Hubei will instruct participants in the meditative exercises of tai chi technique.

Tai chi master Li Hui said the slow movements of the martial art require immense concentration and patience. The art is also mainly defensive and has broad applications in everyday life.

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