Gorran haven Tai Chi
Gorran Haven Memorial Village Hall
Every Thursday 6.30pm
“Qigong”, loosening and breathing exercises
Tai Chi Form ( Cheng Man Ching 37 step)
Improved posture, movement, relaxation
£5 per session
No equipment is necessary just lose comfortable clothing and flexible soled shoes
contact Chris Gillie firstname.lastname@example.org 0796 222 9916
Why learn Tai Chi ?
What is the most important reason to study Tai Chi Chuan?
“The most important reason is that when you finally reach the place where you understand what life is about, you’ll have the health to enjoy it”Master Cheng
So what is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi has been described as “moving meditation”; as an exercise it will strengthen you physically, improving mobility through rhythmic movements which gently stretch the body, and balance as you learn correct body alignment and weight transfer. Focus on performing the movements develops “mindfulness”.
Using intrinsic energy (chi) and proper body alignment, Tai Chi works though relaxation rather than muscular strength and as such is not limited by age or fitness. It’s long term health benefits have earned Tai Chi the title “ self-defence for life”.
Tai Chi is an art, from which you can choose to take as little or as much as you wish, but like all arts, it takes time and diligent practice to perfect. To learn the form is to merely scratch the surface…… be warned it can become addictive…!
Having learnt how to control the body through practice of the solo form, students may choose to go on to learn the Push-Hands exercises, practiced with a partner. These exercises teach one how to understand, interpret and neutralise energy; and then, finally, how to exert force.
For those wishing to expand their study further, practice of weapon forms (including: Fan Stick Staff, long and broadswords) explores wider principles of movement.
Gorran Haven Tai Chi
Classes began in September 2022, the current the focus for the students, all of whom were new to the art, is on learning the Tai Chi form developed by professor Cheng Man Ching (kaiming.co.uk) with accompanying loosening and breathing exercises.
As students’ progress, they will begin to explore the form in more depth and for those who wish to take their study further there is the opportunity to expand into two person practice and weapons forms.
Gorran Haven Tai Chi is part of the Kai Ming Tai Chi Association; lead by local instructor Chris Gillie, who continues to in travel monthly to Birmingham to train with fellow instructors and Association Chief Instructor Mark Peters.
This arrangement ensures that students in Gorran have up to date access to the extensive body of learning and knowledge within the association, which students who wish to progress their journey in Tai Chi are encouraged to join.
All journeys start with the first step….. in this case through the Gorran Haven Memorial Hall door 6.30pm on a Thursday…. care to join us?