Tai Chi is a martial art developed to help protect the passive monks of China from the road bandits of those days. Many of the movements were developed from watching animals in nature. Notice how a cat stalks it’s prey. How a crane spreads it’s wings. The various forms are based on Kung-fu movements, creating a slow moving self-defense system for your physical body. The meditative principles are based on nature and the balance of all living things. Some like to practice barefoot, others prefer more supportive shoes, but the shoes should be flat-soled comfortable and flexible. Choose loose, comfortable clothes that allow for freedom of movement. Tai Chi will help maintain or increase muscle strength.