What is Tai Chi ?
Tai Chi is an ancient, slow moving, holistic Chinese system of exercise. It aims, through consistent practice of the sequences of soft flowing movements (called forms), to harmonise and strengthen the body and mind, promoting stress reduction and increased general well being.
Over the last 400 years Tai Chi has proved to have many health benefits. Modern medical studies have demonstrated some of the positive effects upon practitioners and this has led to its increasing popularity.
Tai Chi can be practised by people of all ages and conditions because the slow and fluid movements can be adapted to each student's capacity. Our classes take into account any frailty a beginner may have. Our instruction is based upon more than 30 years of learning experience in the art and teaching it to adults of all ages and many levels of initial fitness.
If you are doubtful about your medical suitability for this exercise please ask your doctor for advice.
What may I expect to gain?
You may find Tai Chi will give you improvements in:
How will I learn?
New students are welcome to join at any time. The class operates in a friendly, helpful and encouraging manner. You will be taught relaxation and co-ordination exercises, individual and combined form drills, these become the foundation for the movements learnt in the Tai Chi sequence. We study the Yang style forms, typically one movement of the form is taught each week and re-capped in the following week.
What is expected of me?
To accept some difficulty
Not to be too self-critical
To find some time to practise
What should I wear?
Wear flat bottomed shoes and loose clothing giving freedom of movement to the joints.
Is it what I am looking for?
If you are hoping for the fast or spectacular, it is not for you.
Instruction is delivered and developed carefully. Over time, and with thoughtful practice and the co-operation of fellow like-minded students, skill may be attained and ability expanded as understanding deepens.
What else is there to learn?
Our lessons encourage you to practise and develop your Tai Chi through its core principles. These are set out in the 'Taiji Classics', a series of historical commentaries from masters, which define Taiji as opposed to other systems.
As you gain more experience a variety of partnered exercises and the longer forms, taught in short sections, may be learned and practised in order to gain self knowledge and an understanding of the structure and defining principles of Tai Chi.
Depth of knowledge increases with practice of the forms and over time a deeper understanding of the principles enable the movements to become driven by an internal awareness.
At a later stage your study choice will be guided by the character Tai Chi has developed within you. As with all things there is no limit to learning.