Tai Chi, or Tai Chi Chuan, as it is also known, is held in the highest regard as a martial art inChina. The name translates as ‘Grand Ultimate Style’.
Thankfully this day and age the immediate need for martial skills are somewhat diminished and the reasons for training in and studying Tai Chi become more diverse and personal to us.One of the wonderful things about Tai Chi is that is suitable whatever your age or current level of activity. Perhaps you haven’t done anything active for a while and you want a gentle reintroduction. Or you could be on the go with sports and activities regularly and want to do Tai Chi to give you more mobility, energy and longevity in your other interests.
The movements are performed slowly and gracefully using a minimum of force and muscular tension. The idea is to perfect the technique, originally so that you could have defeated a much larger and stronger attacker, using their energy, aggression and momentum against them.
Nowadays, when mostly people train with a focus on health and well-being, the slow movements gently strengthen and stretch out the tendons, ligaments, muscles and fascia. Energy (chi) can then flow freely allowing us to remain healthy and vital, helping to heal existing health issues or acting as a preventative measure against illness and injury.
The synchronisation of the breath and mindful movements is an extremely effective way to relax and relieve stress. It can help with issues such as insomnia and anxiety, as well as bringing a calmness to an otherwise often quite hectic daily schedule.
What’s more, tai chi is great fun! Can be practiced almost anywhere and at any time. The first form taught at WCA is a 66 move White Crane Tai Chi form called “Frost and Sun White Crane Gentle Art”.
As you progress there are opportunities to develop your skills and learn other empty hand Tai Chi forms, Qigong forms and the amazing and elegant White Crane weapons, such as straight sword, cane, fan and double fan.
Whatever the benefits you are trying to gain from your Tai Chi practice, you’ll find the classes here are suitable. You may want a weekly session of relaxing Tai Chi or the possibility to train several times a week to speed up your progress. It is even possible to dedicate more time to your study of Tai Chi and eventually train up to be an instructor.
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