T'ai Chi was once practiced as a fighting form emphasizing strength, balance, flexibility and speed. Through time it has evolved into a soft, slow and gentle form of exercise which can be practiced by people of all ages. T'ai Chi offers a balanced drill to the muscles and joints by means of precise actions which are regulated by the timing of deep breathing. The benefits of practicing T'ai Chi include improved reflexes and coordination, increased strength and stamina, improved concentration, reduced stress, and increased confidence and discipline. Novice I (postures 1 - 9).