Tai Chi Classes in & near Aldershot, Hawley, Farnborough, Camberley, Cove, Farnham & Mytchett
Please read info below before enrolling for a Tai Chi Chuan class as you may find that our Tai Chi Qigong classes may suit you better:
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 Tai Chi Chuan for Improvers
Beijing 24 Tai Chi for Improvers
Tai Chi Qigong / Health Qigong for Beginners and Improvers
First of all: What is Tai Chi?
The concept of Tai Chi existed thousands of years before Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art was invented
According to the Chinese way of thinking, when the natural balance of energy is upset, sickness occurs in living things. Restoring the natural balance of energy in the body is the aim of Chinese Medicine, of which many Tai Chi - Qigong practices play a part
With this understanding, we can see that the practice of Tai Chi involves working with the energy through specific movement, deep relaxed breathing and mindfulness of the practitioner for optimum health benefits
What is Tai Chi Qigong?
Tai Chi means the balance of Yin & Yang energy and Qigong means energy work. We have seen above that when there is a harmonious balance of energy there is good health. Therefore Tai Chi Qigong is "Balancing one's energy to positively influence health and wellness of body and mind"
The emphasis is on DOING the movements by following along in a more relaxed way, within your comfort range, rather than having to study and perfect the movements according to a set of fixed rules or principles (although traditional guidelines are still followed)
You will enjoy Tai Chi Qigong if you are looking for something to improve your health or to de-stress your mind or improve your ability to relax and switch off after a busy day.
Specific sets of exercises which have been regulated and endorsed by the Chinese Goverment's Health Sept / Health Qigong Association are known and trademarked as "Health Qigong". Our instructor has been trained by the British Health Qigong association and is qualified to teach five different sets of official Health Qigong exercises within our Qigong programme
What Is Tai Chi Chuan / Taijiquan?
Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is a Chinese martial art, although somme styles are practiced mainly for health these days.
We teach Beijing 24 Tai Chi, 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
We also teach Chen Family Style of Tai Chi Chuan, which is considered to be the most martial of all styles. It combines wide open stances, slow precise movements, drilled repeatedly at a snails pace and committed to memory, whilst adhering to particular 'principles' in regards how the different parts of the body move and align with each other
Chen Taiji is definitely a 'journey' and you will find you are changing all the time :) It takes patience, regular practice at home, weekly (at least) attendance in class. Training in Chen Tai Chi Chuan is a lifetime discipline which develops self control, present moment awareness and health of body and mind.
All of our students start with a term or two of qigong classes to still the mind and loosen the body and thereafter some may decide to embark of the Taijiquan journey
More info on the benefits of Tai Chi practice
Tai Chi is considered to be of great physical 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. (For more info on 'Qi' see the FAQ's page). 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 different and is accompanied by a deep and present focus. The practice of Tai Chi 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 class.
In addition to empty hand or 'fist' forms, we also teach the following weapons forms in our Chen Taijiquan classes: Single Sword, Single and double Broadsword, Spear, Guandao and Fan Forms.
In keeping with traditional Chinese teaching these are normally studied once the student has a good Tai Chi foundation and experience, although some exercises involving practice weapons may be incorporated at an earlier stage to introduce variety and strengthen the body in preparation for weapons forms later on.