communication for the health of the new generation toward Tai Chi’s
Received : 19/01/64 Wipa Ratanawongsaroj
Revised : 22/01/64
accepted : 09/06/64
of this qualitative research were to (1) study the Tai Chi approach between the
new generation and instructors, (2) study the role and function, and (3) study
the meaning of Tai Chi of the new generation and instructors. The population in
this research was a group of instructors and the new generation of people
practicing traditional Tai Chi in Bangkok. The sample group selected through
purposive sampling included (1) two traditional Tai Chi instructors with 5
years or more teaching experience; (2)
new generation of people practicing traditional Tai Chi for more than 1 year in
Bangkok and aged between 15-30 years.
Data were collected through formal and informal in-depth interviews.
Research results showed that (1)
regarding communication, the message senders played an important role in the
transfer of knowledge. The message senders or instructors should have more than
10 years of experience in order to communicate with least obstacles. Learning by listening directly to the
instructors saved learners from injury and enhanced the learners' good health.
(2) For role and function of Tai Chi, it was found that original Tai Chi
function would maintain and improve the health of learners, under the condition
that they had to practice the exercise for at least 3-5 months and perform the
movement correctly. As Tai Chi expanded to the new generation of people,
the choreography, music and performance area were adapted to suit the new
generation with fun and beauty in this activity. (3) The meaning of Tai Chi
exercise was found that at first people perceived the meaning according to what
was seen and perceived by people close to them and according to the movie
media. But the meaning after having direct experience with Tai Chi, the
learners trained themselves with the benefit meaning for health.
Keywords: function of Tai Chi, Tai chi’s traditional, health communication
student, Mass Communication Journalism and Mass Communication, Thammasat