Qi Sense Tai Chi Classes and workshops
The Art of Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a balanced form of exercise for the entire body which allows us to develop a healthy body as well as a healthy and alert mind. Its flowing movements condition the body, increasing muscular strength, flexibility and fitness helping to protect the body and maintain good health. It emphasizes relaxation and a calming of the mind through movement and helps bring us back into balance with ourselves and the world around us.
The soft style of Tai Chi cultivates an understanding that strength comes from softness and cultivates internal power from a balanced awareness leading to mental clarity.
There are many different styles of tai chi but at their core they are all the same.
We teach Wudang Style tai Chi in which the movements are slightly larger and the weight distribution is slightly more pronounced than in other styles. We also teach general health Qigong within our classes as a way to help improve health and enhance your awareness and understanding of energy.
Having been taught Tai Chi the authentic way that incorporates the health/ yin aspects with the self-defence/yang aspect.
We teach you a practice that will become part of everything you do, from your approach to life to your every movement and breath. Our focus is on the importance of correct technique and learning how to move your body as one.
A bit of Background...
The Wudang system of Tai Chi was developed by Cheng Tin Hung in Hong Kong. The style probably was influenced by Wu style tai chi which his Uncle taught.
Cheng Tin Hung originally taught Dan Docherty who brought the style back to the UK and taught my instructor, Master Steve Grange, who I have had the privilege to study under for 20 years now.
You never stop learning with Tai Chi, there always are aspects to delve deeper and deeper into and further develop your understanding.
What we teach
Short and Long Forms
We teach, a short form and a long form. The slow movements train us to make our actions soft and the muscles of the whole body relax. We emphasise a focused mind, concentrate on relaxed movements and natural postures so that our breathing is also natural and not forced.
We teach Qigong, short movements in which the slow and deep breaths lead and guide the movements we make with our body. They offer students a more immediate means to build and become more aware of their own Qi. It also develops a deeper connection between the movements in the tai chi form with the breath and our minds.
of tai chi
Tai chi was derived from Taoism which treats the Universe as a unity called Tao and is based upon an understanding of yin and yang theory. Taoists observed the habits and movements of animals and nature. The famous Taoist Zhang Sanfeng observed a snake and crane in a deadly combat and realised that before attacking, the snake would raise its head and bow its body as if gathering Qi ready to strike like an arrow. The crane would deflect the attack effortlessly with a downward arc of its powerful wing then attack with a downward stab of its' beak while the snake gracefully dodged the strike.
This natural display of Yin and yang had a profound impression on the Taoist and from this he developed Tai Chi.