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What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi, or to give it its full title Tai Chi Chuan, is an internal or 'soft' system of exercise and martial arts that, legend has it, was founded on Wudang Mountain in China after Cheng San Feng observed a magpie and a snake fighting. The origin of the system, like most martial arts, can be traced back to Shaolin Temple but is more often associated with ancient Daoist philosophy promoting nature, simplicity, longevity and harmony. Tai Chi makes use of slow relaxed movements, deep breathing and aligned posture to develop strength, vitality, balance and coordination at the same time relieving stress and increasing energy.


What style of Tai Chi do you teach?
Over the long history of Tai Chi different masters have developed varying styles of practice but all share the same principles of slow relaxed movements, deep breathing and aligned posture. At our classes students learn the simplified 24-step Yang style Tai Chi developed by Master Li DeyIn. This easier to learn system was created so that more people could gain the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice; making it the most popular form of Tai Chi for health in the world. Get up early and head to any park in Asia and you will literally find hundreds of people practicing this form of Tai Chi! For those looking to progress further we also offer sessions in the Original Yang 108-step form, Sun style,
Chi Kung and Push Hands.


Is Tai Chi for everyone?
The beauty of Tai Chi's gentle exercises is that anyone at any age or level of fitness can learn it without fear of injury from sudden or aggressive movements. The public parks in China are full of elderly people early in the morning practicing their Tai Chi exercises which helps to keep them mobile, active and fit into their twilight years. At the other end of the spectrum people who are already very fit and active can benefit from learning relaxed centered and detailed movement that relieves stress and improves muscle alignment and functionality.


How often should I practice?
We think a little bit of daily practice will bring the most benefit from Tai Chi, but just by taking a class once a week will bring health improvements in a short space of time. It's really up to you!


What should I wear to classes?
We recommend you wear some loose fitting clothes that you feel comfortable in such as tracksuit or jogging bottoms with a t-shirt. We also recommend that you wear flat footwear that doesn't interfere with your posture when practicing the Tai Chi movements.



"Water is the
softest thing,
yet it can penetrate the mountains and the earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness."


Daoist Philosopher c.400 BC
Lao Tzu
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