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Tai Chi

Meeting Details

Meeting DayFriday
Time10.15 -11.30 (Advanced) 11.45 -12.55 (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.


November 2017

Our two groups are still thriving, and benefitting from the experience of some new members.  We generally start a session with some Qi Gong exercises and sets, then look in depth at a short section of the Cheng Man Ch’ing form,  revising previously learnt principles and working on the ’flow’.  

Chinese New Year begins on Friday Feb 16th, so we shall invite an outside expert and have a Jacobs Join.  Get in touch if you have played some Tai Chi before and would like to join us.


During the summer some of us will be playing Tai Chi in Fletcher Park (Fridays at 9.15 a.m. if fine) but our formal sessions will begin again on Sept 2nd in Castle Street Centre.

This next year we will be extending and refining our practice, going deeper into some aspects, and learning new sequences. If you have played some Tai Chi before, the 11.45 a.m. group has space, but ring me to discuss what is best for you. Sorry but there was not enough interest in a Beginners group to make it viable. 

March 2017

Both groups still going strong. In addition to playing and refining our Short Form,  the intermediate group has completed a short Fan Form, and the Advanced group is well into the Long Form, having learnt most of the new postures.  We shall now be refining and working on the flow of the whole sequence. 

In April, Miggy Scott will be leading an early Tai Chi session at 9.15 a.m. on Fridays in Fletcher Park. Classes start again May 5th.

I am trying to work out a way of incorporating a few beginners in September.

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