About Tai Chi

Tai Chi develops flexibility, increases strength of the lower limbs to improve balance (thus preventing falls) and since the movements are performed while standing assist in bone formation and strengthening that helps to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

Who can do Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and levels of physical fitness. The movements can be performed slowly and gently for health benefits.  If you have mobility difficulties then there are exercises that can be done sitting.

What should I wear?

Tai Chi requires no special clothing or equipment.  It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and trainers or plimsoles.

How do I learn?

Regular classes from a qualified instructor will give you the coaching you require. To benefit from the exercises you simply need to practice. Tai Chi is designed for doing a little each day rather than an hour or more once per week.

Regular practice helps you remember the movements; it improves your understanding of how to do them and therefore how to get the most benefit from them.

What will I learn?

All classes cover a range of:

Qi gong - Individual exercises for health, including Ba Duan Jin (8 Silk Brocade), Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Qigong) and Yi Jin Jing (Tendon and Muscle Strengthening Qigong).

Silk Reeling - foundation exercises to teach Tai Chi movement

Chen Style Tai Chi 18 movement short form - the series of flowing movements for which Tai Chi is known

Standing meditation - learning to relax and still the mind

Intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to learn the 83 movement Xian Jia (New Frame) and the Sword form.

The key to learning Tai Chi is developing your understanding of the structure of the postures which have a sense of architectural integrity that makes them strong.