Take Away Tai Chi Courses

Tai Chi and Qigong Courses are run during school Terms (usually 10 weeks). You can start during any week of the Term as a casual student.

When you've completed the Introduction to Tai Chi Course (Shibashi 1 to 4 and The Lotus), you're ready to progress to the Tai Chi Form by continuing your Beginners class and adding the 15 minute Intermediate Tai Chi Form class to it.

The programme is designed to be flexible and allow you to work at your own pace and if you're really keen , there's a special rate for unlimited classes and you can come to as many classes as you like.


Introduction to Tai Chi – Beginners Course


SHIBASHI  

The 30 minute beginners class is a set of nine easy to follow movements called 'Shibashi ' designed to slowly stretch the whole body, mobilize the joints and at the same time, relax the mind. Each term the graded exercises get a little more difficult so that when you've completed 4 terms you're ready to move on to the Intermediate Tai Chi Form class.

Suitable for casual students and all ages and stages of fitness (30 minute class)

THE LOTUS 

The Lotus beginners class is a sequence of movements demonstrating the cycles of nature on and around a lake. At the centre of the lake is the Lotus flower with its roots firmly grounded in the mud of the lake and its stem reaching up into the air and sunlight. The Lotus is a symbol of yin and yang and through this sequence of movements the principles of yin and yang are explained.

Suitable for casual students and all ages and stages of fitness (30 minute class)

Intermediate Courses

TAI CHI FORM

The Tai Chi Form is a total of 108 movements divided up into short teaching segments in a 15 minute class added on to the beginners class when you feel ready to start learning more techniques. You learn around 11 movements from the Form over a Term . The 'flow' of Tai Chi is also taught using a short walking sequence in an easy to follow format. The Course builds on the teaching of the previous week so students need to be able to attend for most of the Term.

Suitable for all ages and stages of fitness (15 minute class added on to the Shibashi Beginners class when you feel ready to progess)


Other Courses

 

THE LOHAN QIGONG (30 minute class)

The Lohan movements follow the traditional martial arts principles which are considered to be the foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu. The sequence is based around the movements a shaolin warrior would make when preparing for war. The slow movements are designed to develop physical strength, stimulate the circulation, take pressure off the joints and restore vitality and well being.

 

                                               Suitable for students who have completed Shibashi and the Lotus over at least two Terms.

WUSHU (30 minute class)

This is a short martial arts sequence.

Suitable for students who have completed at least one term of the Tai Chi Form and who have a reasonable level of fitness.

WILD GOOSE QIGONG (30 minute class)

This is a flowing sequence of movements based on the postures and actions of the wild goose.

Suitable for students who have completed at least four Terms of the Tai Chi Form and who have a reasonable level of fitness.


Advanced Courses

 

Tai Chi Form - Workshop

 

Yang style Tai Chi is taught at Advanced level in a continuous sequence of 108 movements. The Workshop refines the movements that will have already been learnt at the Intermediate level focusing on creating smooth transitions from one movement to the next. The Advanced student learns to put all the segments together in an uninterrupted flow taking about 20 minutes.

 

Suitable for students who have completed the Tai Chi Form at Intermediate level.

 

Advanced Practise

This is a 60 minute plus class which continues to work on practising and refining the Tai Chi Form plus all the Qigong sets learnt at an Intermediate level. It develops an awareness of the more advanced techniques, principles and philosophy of Tai Chi and how to apply them to the Form and to everyday activities.

Suitable for students who are proficient in all the movements of the Tai Chi Form and want to learn more.