We will run this course again in early 2014. You can register your interest in the course by completing the Fan Enquiry Form. Places on the next course, which is expected to sell out again, will be offered in order of date of enquiry received.
The course is normally taught over 8 hours, four hours on each of two consecutive Saturdays near Aldershot, Hants. The cost will be in the region of £45 - £50 for the whole eight hours.
The Fan Form and its benefits
The Chen Double Fan Form comprises 22 movements. It encourages development of the non-dominant hand (the left hand in right handed people, and vice versa) and gives your brain a 'neurobic' workout by making it concentrate on something new. While your brain is adjusting to performing these new tasks, under-used neural-pathways and connections are activated. This stimulates the growth of new brain cells and brain connections.
It is also a great stress buster and we encourage laughter, especially at the start when we are learning to control the fans. You will also find Tai Chi Fan practice has meditative qualities since it demands your full attention to develop control over the fans. Because of this high level of focus, the worries of the day are simply left at the door.
The dexterity developed by opening and closing the fans throughout the form increases digital joint mobility and strengthens the muscles and tendons of the hand, wrist and arm, helping such conditions as Tendonitis and Repetitive Strain Injury. However, we recommend that you check with your doctor prior to commencing a Tai Chi fan class if you suspect that you might be suffering from these, or similar conditions, just to be on the safe side.
Who can learn Tai Chi Fan?
The course is suitable for anyone aged 18 and over, with or without Tai Chi experience, male or female. Some people learn Tai Chi first and fan forms later and others learn how to manipulate the fans first and develop their Tai Chi skills afterwards, eg by joining one of our weekday / evening Tai Chi classes
In case you think that fans are just for the ladies, fans were actually used as a weapon in feudal China and often carried by the Samurai in Japan. You can see many male Tai Chi and Kung Fu masters performing fan forms like this one, on You Tube.
Do I need to buy fans?
Fans will be provided to use on the course. You do not have to buy your own.
Should you prefer to buy your own fans in order to familiarise yourself with them before the course, or to practice at home afterwards, these can be sourced from Tai Chi Link for approx £20. Be sure to buy a PAIR of fans (one L hand and one R hand) as two 'single' fans will not work. Please buy the 'double kung fu / tai chi fans,' and not the 'fluffy cloth' Dance fans. Ask us if in doubt.
What happens on the Course
On the first day of the course, we will cover how to hold and open / close the fans in a smooth and precise way. We will explore manipulation of the fans within the various planes of movement. This part of the course is a lot of fun :)
After studying the foundation fan exercises, we will begin building the movements into the form. We will complete the whole form over the 2 day course. The last hour or so of the second day will be spent practicing the form as a whole, and polishing the rough edges.
The number of attendees will be capped at 8-10 to ensure that everybody gets sufficient time with the instructor to enable them to complete the fan form.
How to Book
BOOKING FOR THE NEXT COURSE WINTER / SPRING 2014 IS NOT YET OPEN
PLEASE CLICK TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST INSTEAD
Once booking is open, A £20 deposit by PayPal will secure your place. There are approx 8 places available. If you have registered your interest you will be given first option of a place in order of the date your enquiry was received.
The balance of the course is to be paid either by PayPal before the course starts, or by cash in full on the first day of the course.
If you cancel by email at least 14 days before the first day of the course you will receive a full refund. Cancellations after this time will forfeit the £20 deposit, as it will be hard to fill your spot this close to the event. If you cancel after the course has started no refund is applicable. Please do not just turn up on the day without having booked and paid a deposit as it is expected that the course will sell out
Our Instructor practices Double Fan at a Pagoda in the mountains of Shandong, China
DETAILS OF THE PREVIOUS COURSE:
Saturdays 2nd & 9th February 2013
from 1.00-5.00pm each day
for the whole eight hours, including use of our fans
If you have your own left & right handed Tai Chi Fans
If you attended the last course and just wish to attend for the second day for revision, the cost will only be £20 provided you have your own fans. NB: If the course sells out there may not be any fans left for one-day attendees to use - please check with us first if you only want to attend on the second day and you don't have your own fans.
2nd February - day one
9th February - day two
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