Tai Chi Kung Exercise Class
Chi Kung ( Qi Gong ) Is a Chinese exercise system based on the philosophy of Tai Chi ( creating a harmonious balance between Yin and Yang both internally and externally ).
These exercises were invented by Taoist monks studying the natural world and their relationship to it.
A typical class consists of various, low impact, breathing and stretching exercises both standing and seated. The basis of these classes will be the practice of 8 pieces of brocade, a simple set of 8 Chi Kung exercises developed to increase vitality and strength and harmonise the emotions. These exercises are designed to open up the ( acupuncture ) meridians of energy linking our body systems thus removing blockages and energising the entire body and mind.
Your instructor is a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner and senior instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
Classes are suitable for any age or ability.
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art and health exercise using the Taoist principles of Yin and Yang to develop a healthy body and tranquil mind.
In mythology the founder of Tai Chi Chuan is thought to be Chang San-feng, a renowned Taoist teacher who probably lived during the 13th Century, spending part of his life in the remote Wudang Mountains. Chang San-feng is still revered today in temples on Wudang mountain.
In more recent times it has it has been suggested that the art was actually developed by the Chen family which is the oldest lineage of Tai Chi Chuan. ( though some may disagree )
The most famous practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan was Yang Lu-chan (1799-1872) who learnt his art from Chen Chang-xing (1771- 1853) while living in the Chen family village.
Yang Lu-chan took his art to Beijing where his fighting ability was in great demand and resulted in him being appointed combat instructor to the Royal Court.
Over the years Yang Lu-chan taught many students and from those students new styles developed, the five main styles are Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun and Li with variations including the widely practiced Wudang, Cheng Man-Ching and less well known Hao styles.
As society became more settled and peaceful the need for martial arts among the population diminished. Tai Chi evolved with the new situation and the emphasis moved to the physical, mental and health benefits of practising the forms.
Tai Chi Chuan is still practiced worldwide and is accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. It can be practised on many levels, from a simple ‘meditative’ exercise to a realistic martial art.
With the rise in popularity of Tai Chi Chuan we also see many interpretations of the art. There are teachers who cover the full curriculum with form, pushing hands, self defence applications and weapons and others who are predominately interested in developing the health aspects of Tai Chi Chuan. These may concentrate more on the hand form, Qi Gong exercises and meditation.
I have studied Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art and as a healing exercise and though I greatly enjoy the former it is mainly the health and wellbeing aspect I teach.
I practice an old Chen Style Lao jia form and teach various Yang family short forms depending on people’s requirements and abilities.
I am also trained in Hsing I Chuan, Bagua, Mushindo and Wado Kanazawa
I am a Senior instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and hold a fifth Dan in Mushindo, a fourth Dan in Wado and an instructor grade in Little 9 heaven School ( Hsing I Chuan and Chen style Tai Chi).
Please contact me for further information.