Tai Chi Classes
My Tai Chi
After practising Tai Chi for many years I now teach classes. But here’s a little about my tai chi background and style. I first trained with the British Tai Chi Chuan Association run by John Kells for 10 years where I learned hand forms (short and long), paired forms, self-defense and the sword form.
Later I studied with numerous other instructors such as Chen Xiao Wang and Master Dong plus various shorter seminars. I am a member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. Tai Chi was one of the factors leading me to study Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Both Tai Chi and acupuncture have the same fundamental principles at their root. Both involve the notion of chi and emphasise its nurturing and flow. Both employ the principles of Yin and Yang and the processes of the Five Elements. Both are systems which work in harmony with nature.
Tai Chi Classes
In my Tai Chi group or club, known as the Thames Tai Chi Chuan Group, I teach Yang Style Tai Chi. All students start to learn the Cheng Man-ching short form and the basics of Qigong.
At the start of learning I emphasis 4 basic principles:
- Keeping your Centre or One Point
- Having a Root, Weight dropping underside
- Natural and relaxed movement
- Extend Chi
- Later on these are embellished and extended.
Classes have a general structure around the following content:
- Warm-ups and loosening exercises
- Silk-reeling Qigong
- Standing Qigong
- Tai Chi short form
- Paired activity
Where and When?
I run the classes on Tuesday evening 8.00 - 9.30pm at : St. Nicholas Church Centre Eyhurst Avenue, Elm Park, Hornchurch, RM12 4FH
Care should be taken on arrival by car because other users will be leaving the premises.