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  Meeting Details  

Meeting DayFriday
Time10.00 -11.15 (Advanced) 11.45 -13.00 (Improvers)
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Jane Willis

  What we do  

The Tai Chi group began in April 2005, with new intakes in September 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012. We play the Cheng Man Ch’ing ‘Short Form’ Tai Chi sequence – a slow tranquil flow of moving postures in a set sequence that takes around ten minutes.

Learning Tai Chi is a bit like learning the piano - you need to set aside time to practice daily, even if it's only for ten minutes. Once you have got to the point where you can remember the sequence, then you can enjoy playing the form in different ways. Regular practice of Tai Chi not only helps to keep you flexible and to improve balance and co-ordination, but also relieves stress, bringing calmness and tranquillity into our lives.

Each class begins with warm-up exercises which illustrate basic principles of Tai Chi. We then play what we know of the Form together, revise the new posture we learnt the previous week before going on to begin the next posture in the sequence. There is always plenty of time for individual practice and questions. In the Improvers Group we also try out new sequences. You might like to read the feedback from some members of our current Improvers group on their experiences of playing Tai Chi. Some brief feedback statements from a previous Beginners Group can be read here.

There is a Handbook and other downloadable material available for purchase from my own teacher, Alec Jones (Dragon Spring Taiji), which people find really useful for background information and revision; especially if you have missed a session or two.

If you have never played Tai Chi before and would like to begin, please contact Jane Willis on 01539 723223.


APRIL 2021

We meet on Zoom for Qigong (often spelt Chi Kung, 氣功) which is a powerful type of health exercise, based on repetitions of very precise sets of movements, specifically designed to benefit health on many different levels. It promotes flexibil-ity, balance, relaxation, reduced stress and is thought to lead to an improved immune system. We are not focussing on Tai Chi itself as the forms move around  too much to stay on camera!

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