Melvin Atkins, a martial artist and fitness intructor based in Marin County, California, has blended tai chi with rhythm and blues to create “Soul Chi.” “I took all of my tai chi, karate and aerobics, put them to music and made a program that everybody can do, exercises that strengthen the body and heal the spirit,” Atkins—also known as Maalak among his class participants—told The workout requires no special equipment and is suitable for people who are not typical fitness club participants. Examples of music used for background include James Brown and The Temptations.