What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient form of slow, graceful and rhythmic exercise which originated in China, where it is still extremely popular, often being performed in public parks early in the morning when the air is at its freshest. The style taught here is the Yang style Short Form as developed by Professor Ch'eng Man Ch'ing, currently the most popular form of Tai Chi in the U.K.
Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as 'meditation in movement' or 'swimming in air' for externally that is how it appears. It is a soft martial art, quite unlike karate, ju jitsu or any of the 'hard' martial arts which rely on force and speed.
Tai Chi strengthens our internal energy, and allows it to flow more freely through the body. It is gentle and non-violent, though after much practice it is an extremely effective form of self defence.
11.30am - 12.30pm.
Room opposite to the café There are special discounts for Carers or people on low incomes, with proof.
Our classes are co-operative rather than competitive - there are no grades or belts to achieve in Tai Chi, and the emphasis is on small amounts of regular practice.
A new 'posture' is learned every week - in Tai Chi this is a series of fluid, flowing movements rather than a static pose. We repeat the posture the following week, and when everyone feels comfortable with it, we add another.
How will I benefit?
Although Tai Chi can eventually be used in self-defence, and our classes incorporate some of the practical applications, it is initially practiced for its health-giving benefits.
It is particularly useful for calming the mind and body, increasing alertness and body awareness, and for developing concentration and sensitivity. Tai Chi helps with balance and posture, and most students report a greater sense of 'groundedness'.
People of all ages and abilities can benefit from Tai Chi.
No special equipment or uniform is needed, just wear loose, comfortable clothing to the first class, and flat- soled shoes if you have them (not trainers) although Tai Chi can be performed in socks or bare feet.
Students will find that a couple of minutes daily practice at home greatly enhances appreciation of the weekly classes.
The entire Short Form takes about 12 minutes to practice.
What will I learn?
By the end of the first term you will have learned the first section of the Short Form. For some students this will be adequate, and will certainly be a useful introduction to the art of Tai Chi. Others may wish to learn more - normally the Short Form is taught in four terms.
There are extra opportunities for revision classes, outdoor classes in the park in Lewes, private tuition and learning aids for students of all levels.
Learning Aids - Books & DVDs
Full colour paperback & hardback editions of the Tai Chi form are available, with a little history & theory of Tai Chi plus warm-up exercises and the form explained in detail (£6.95). We also offer a DVD of the Short Form (£14.95), showing the form in its entirety from both front and back, then divided into 3 sections with teaching narrative - an ideal learning aid.
All items are obtainable by mail order (+ £2.50 p&p ) or you can obtain them at your class.
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