I have written below a few words about Tai Chi and its benefits in order to try and give you a taste of what this wonderful art is about.  It is in no way comprehensive and all opinions expressed are from my own personal experience

What is Tai Chi?


I once read that trying to describe Tai Chi (Taiji) was a bit like trying to answer the question “What is music?”  Taijiquan is a Chinese Martial Art.  Taiji is a philosophy.  That statement however is inadequate especially as most people associate Tai Chi with health and relaxation.  That is the beauty of the art – that it has so many dimensions.  As a beginner I think it is easier to state what Tai Chi is.  As you get further into Tai Chi through learning forms, discussing concepts and ideas and working with others including your teacher then there is a realisation that the more you learn the less you know.

 

Tai Chi works on a physical, mental and spiritual level and to get the best out of it then all three need to be explored however benefits can be derived just from focusing on one of these.   Although ultimately the deeper you get into Tai Chi the more you will be faced with all three and avoidance of any of these will mean that Tai Chi is not being given the credit it deserves.

 

Tai Chi is not just a course in some sort of physical exercise.  It is a way of living that explored to its full potential will permeate all aspects of your life.

 


Tai Chi forms and

Qigong offered

The style of Tai Chi I teach is Yang style. These are the forms I am currently qualified to teach in Taiji and Qigong (accredited through BHQA):


  • Beijing 8 Step Taijiquan
  • Beijing 16 Step Taijiquan
  • Beijing 24 Step Taijiquan
  • Beijing 88 Step Taijiquan
  • Taiji Kungfu Fan (1st routine)
  • 16 Step Taiji Straight Sword
  • Ba Duan Jin Qigong (8 Treasures) classic
  • Ba Duan Jin (CHQA)
  • Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong 12 method
  • Yi Jin Jing (Health Qigong)
  • Sun Style 13 Step Taijiquan
  • Xing Yi Zhuang Gong (Stance Qigong)

Benefits of Tai Chi


Tai Chi is practised all around the world. Those who do Tai Chi find it relaxing and meditative. People who I have taught have reported such benefits as improved blood pressure; improvement in sleeping; reduction of pain in conditions such as arthritis; general health and wellbeing; improved immune system; relief from back and neck problems.

 

 

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