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Tai Chi

Meeting Details

Meeting DayFriday
Time10.00 -11.15 (Advanced) 11.45 -13.00 (Improvers)
FrequencyWeekly
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.

Reports

January 2020

Over the last term in 2019 we have been practising a Five animal Qi Gong form as well as deepening our practice of the short and long forms. We have had one inspiring session with external tutor, Dee Swift, who helped us with hand movements in both forms. 

We try to keep up our ever extending repertoire of different Qi Gong sets, and in the Advanced class we have reintroduced the YI Jin Jing set ‘to strengthen our muscles and tendons’ . We also do some balance work, including ‘The Wise Man walking’.   Next term starts on January 10th

Jane Willis (01539 723223)

August 2019

During August, if fine, we will gather in Fletcher Park (top of Sunnyside on the right) at 9.30 a.m. on Fridays to try out some new things that I have learnt during the 3 Tai Chi summer schools I attended in July.

Anyone interested in Tai Chi is welcome. 

Next term both classes are for more experienced Tai Chi practitioners and begin on Friday September 6th and continue weekly until December 20th. 

For details of our sessions, please  ring me. 

May 2019

Our groups have now been running for 10 and 6 years respectively. We play a Yang style short form and are working on the Long Form. We have a repertoire of Qi Gong and Shibashi sets which we do as warm-ups.

The Chinese Year of the Pig began in February – we celebrated with a Jacobs Join in collaboration with another Tai Chi group.

The Spring term ends on April 12 to break for Easter, and the Summer term runs from May 3rd to July 26th.

For more details please visit http://www.southlakesu3a.org.uk/Groups/taichi.php and/or telephone Jane.

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