Tai Chi Classes in & near Aldershot, Hawley, Farnborough, Camberley, Cove, Farnham & Mytchett
Pic above: Master Wang Haijun corrects SHTC Instructor, Cherry Collins' posture in front of the Taiji Museum in Chen Village, China
We teach the following
Chen Style Taijiquan (Laojia Yi Lu) for experienced students*
Beijing 24 Tai Chi for Beginners and Improvers
Tai Chi-Qigong / Health Qigong for Beginners and Improvers
What Is Tai Chi
Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) to give the full title, is a Chinese martial art, although many forms are practiced mainly for health these days.
Chen Style Taijiquan
This is the most 'martial' style of tai chi and takes many years of diligent practice to reach a good standard. I normally teach Chen TaiChi to my students after they have learnt an easier Tai Chi form, such as Beijing 24, as beginning with Chen Style as an older adult can be challenging. In China, although many older adults practice Chen, most began learning it as youngsters. Students who show an interest and improvement in Chen Taiji are encouraged to train with my Teacher, Master Wang, Haijun at his monthly classes in London.
*Our Chen classes are held on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. We welcome experienced Chen Taiji joiners who may have moved into our area, away from their previous class
Beijing 24 Tai Chi,
This form is thought to be the most widely practiced form of Tai Chi - a gentle flowing form for health without too much emphasis on the martial side of things - a half way house between Health Qigong and Tai Chi Martial Arts - takes longer to learn than a Qigong set, and longer still to perfect but not as arduous to learn as a Martial Style such as Chen Style Chuan. MI introduce Beijing 24 to my students after completing a few terms of Qigong Exercise.
We have separate B24 classes for Beginners and Improvers so if you have some experience already we will probably have a suitable class for you, as well as welcoming new beginners :)
Health Qigong / Tai Chi Qigong
The majority of people who come to us looking for a Tai Chi class say they have found what they were looking for in our Tai Chi Qigong classes, a feeling of wellness, more self control, balance, calmness etc etc -
More info on the benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong practice
Tai Chi and Qigong are considered to be of great physical mental and spiritual benefit. Its practice maintains good health as it provides an all over body workout, strengthening muscles, tendons and bones, increasing mobility of joints, massaging the internal organs and increasing the flow of blood nutrients and 'Qi' to all parts of the body. Blood pressure and heartbeat are regulated, stress is reduced and the practitioner gains an overall state of well-being.
Tai Chi practice also provides a workout for the mind, as each movement is accompanied by a deep and present focus. The practice of Tai Chi and Qigong develops our ability to be present in the moment, not a second ahead nor behind. To live in the now. This is the same present-moment awareness often sought through seated meditation. It shifts the brainwave pattern from the stress producing Beta pattern, to a healing Alpha state. No wonder people say they feel so calm focused and well after a Tai Chi or Qigong class