Today people from all walks of life all practise Tai Chi – a sequence of unhurried, flowing movements that encapsulate the essence of calm and tranquillity. But its roots may lie in the 14th century, with a taoist named Chang Sang-Feng. According to legend, he created 13 self-defence postures based on his observations of animals and birds in the wild. Whatever its true origins, Tai Chi Chuan was first taught in the west in the 1960s and continues to captivate those who learn it.
The art not only cultivates Chi for health, it also utilises Chi for self defence – this is what makes traditional Tai Chi Chuan an internal martial art. Self defence requires firm dedication and persistent correct practice with the help of an able instructor. Men and women can achieve equal proficiency, as expertise is not dependent on size, physical strength or speed. At a high level, Traditional Tai Chi Chuan allows Chi to be used in self-defence applications to simultaneously achieve the apparent paradox of effortlessness and tremendous power. The subtlety of such expertise cannot be adequately described … only felt
Numerous studies into the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan have been carried out. Results have shown that even moderate amounts of Tai Chi practice can reduce blood pressure, increase bone density, increase strength and the range of motion in joints, improve immune function, alleviate muscle/joint disorders, aid recovery from injury and lighten mood. In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service has adopted – and recommends –Tai Chi Chuan for the elderly as a safe exercise to strengthen the legs and develop stability, so as to reduce incidence of falls.
Yes, many of our students come from a range of backgrounds including shiatsu, reflexology, yoga, reiki etc. Tai Chi Chuan can give you greater insight into many different disciplines and lot of students will find the principles of tai chi to be complementary or advance the related principles of other disciplines.
The introductory course is designed for you to try out Tai Chi for a reasonable period to see whether it is for you. Try to attend every class as there is a sequence of movements to grasp in the early lessons while in the later ones you will be introduced to the Tai Chi principles. There will be moments where the instructor will leave you to work on the movements by yourself. This is to allow you time to absorb what you have been shown. Think of the instructor as a guide to your journey
The Tai Chi Chuan form is a soft, flowing, low-impact exercise uniquely beneficial to everybody – regardless of age, sex or health. People have achieved great results by using Tai Chi Chuan to rebuild mental and physical strength, relieve the effects of muscle/joint disorders, lower blood pressure, manage stress and many other conditions. At more advanced levels you can use fast, slow, powerful or relaxed movement. So the opportunity is there to increase the scope of what you do as your strength, health and skills improve. At each stage the choice is yours
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