There seems to be quite a lot of news items this week on the practice of Tai Chi and its benefits to human health. Apparently studies have shown that learning Tai chi is of benifit to the older generation, helping to prevent falls by 47% . It is now being advocated by some age concern organisations that Tai Chi should be available to people of this age group. I would of course complete support this, however I think the point has been missed slightly. Tai chi is benificial at any age so surely it would make more sense to begin teaching to the young and that way it would become a life long practice. Advocating just one age group is like closing the gate after the cows are on the road, helpful to a degree. Also if Tai Chi is seen as something only the elderly do young people will be put off and this would be not only a shame but a tragedy. Just a thought!