Beginners courses provide a progressive introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong, which includes:
Mobilizing & Qigong Exercises
Opening and mobilizing exercises are practised at the start of each class to help release tension and develop awareness and articulation of movement.
Qigong exercises involve conscious use of breath, intention, movement, imagination and body awareness.
Body/Mind Structure – Finding support and release in all directions
Students are introduced to the principles of posture, the process of cultivating relaxation within the body and engaging with the ground and space in all directions – creating the foundation for Tai Chi and Qigong practice.
Principles of Movement
Simple movement patterns are introduced – including verticality, shifting weight, rotation, stepping and co-ordination of the upper and lower body – covering the basic aspects of movement and internal focus in this Tai Chi style. Students progress to learn Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 exercises, which also provide a framework to understand and cultivate the deeper aspects of the practice.
Tai Chi Forms (37 Forms)
Tai Chi Forms are sequences of connected, flowing movements which originate from martial arts movements. There are many different forms, reflecting the many Tai Chi styles. The style we practice is the ’37 Form’, which derives from Yang style and was created by Cheng Man-ch’ing and taught by him in China, Taiwan and the USA between 1946 and 1975. It was later refined by his senior student Huang Sheng Shyan.
We focus initially on learning the first few movements of the form, including simple walking forms and later progress to learning the complete first section.
Partner practice is taught through non-competitive exercises, to enhance the understanding of Tai Chi principles and cultivate basic body/mind skills, including sensitivity, grounding, yielding, connection and co-ordination. Partnerwork can be the most fascinating, fun and enjoyable aspect of practice, and is approached with an attitude of co-operation and mutual growth.