WHAT IS TAI CHI?
Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) originates from China as a martial art and is nowadays
practiced throughout the world as an effective exercise for health. Tai Chi forms consist of a sequence
of fluid, gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. It can be practiced almost anywhere and
is a suitable form of exercise for just about anyone. Tai Chi is many things to many people.
martial art. An effective exercise system. A moving meditation. A healing system.
A stress management tool. A
way of life integrating the Tai Chi philosophy. Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan translated literally means Supreme
Pole Boxing. (Tai means Ultimate or Supreme, Chi means Polarity as in north & south or yin & yang
& Chuan means Fist, therefore we prefer Yin Yang Fist or Supreme Ultimate Art).
ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAI CHI?
Tai Chi has been known in China for
centuries to be beneficial to good health & effective
for helping many conditions & dis-ease.
Helps to relieve pain and stiffness
Improves joint function & muscular strength
Relieves stress & tension
Improves concentration &
Improves balance & posture
Enhances heart and lung function
& Blood circulation
Encourages the smooth flow of Qi
Integrates body, mind & breathing
Improves relaxation & calms the nervous system
Tai Chi is enjoyable &
has been shown to improve many aspects of health.
24 FORMS - FOR BEGINNERS & IMPROVERS
There are several styles
of Tai Chi & as such in 1956 the Chinese National Sports Committee authorised the country’s most renowned Taijiquan
experts lead by Grandmaster Li Tian Ji to devise a suitable form for most people. After much research,
the 24 Forms which is based mainly on the Yang Style was created (also known as the Peking 24 Step or the Chinese National
24 Simplified Form). It retains all the essential principles but is tailored to modern needs.
It is considered perfectly suitable for students of any level of physical fitness & age.
It is probably the most popularly practiced Tai Chi form inside and outside of China today.
TAI CHI 24 FORMS ON YOU TUBE - Click on photo
to see Vicky practicing in a place of natural beauty whilst in Thailand in 2016.
TAIJI KUNG FU FAN FORM FOR IMPROVERS
This exciting, interesting & fun form was created by Prof. Li Deyin (one of China's top 100 Martial
Arts Treasures & nephew of Grandmaster Li Tian Ji). In 2001, it was demonstrated by 2008 enthusiasts in
Tiananmen Square in celebration of the success of the Beijing Olympic bid. It is interesting because
it includes movements from different styles of Tai Chi, Kung Fu & Peking Opera & once learned it is practiced in time
to the uplifting modern music. Practicing this form will help with increased fitness, suppleness & martial
development. Vicky is proud to be amongst the first Taiji Kung Fu Fan instructors in Europe to be certified by
Prof Li's daughter & inspirational teacher,
Master Faye Li Yip, the founder of Deyin Taijiquan Institute based in Telford, Shropshire, UK.
TAIJI KUNG FU FAN 52 FORM ON YOU TUBE
- Click on photo (above left)
to see Vicky's Gold Medal winning performance at
London Competition of Traditional Taijiquan 2014
TAIJIJIAN 32 SWORD FORMS - FOR IMPROVERS
Tai Chi Sword is taught for precision of techniques
& development in the arts. This is probably the most popular of all Sword routines practiced today. It was
created by Grandmaster Li Tian Ji (Master Faye's Late Great Uncle), based on the Yang style. It is a beautifully
choreographed form that introduces 13 Sword techniques throughout the 32 movements.
Please see separate page as Health Qigong is such a big subject it has it's
WHAT IS QIGONG?
Qigong is two words that translate as Qi (pronounced Chee, and also seen as Chi)
meaning ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’ and Gong (pronounced Gung and also seen as Kung) means ‘to
work hard, cultivate or practice for a long time - like all the arts’ but together simply ‘energy exercise using
the breath’ or ‘energy cultivation’. Qigong can be practiced either sitting, standing or laying down,
moving or still. We teach mostly the moving style with some stillness incorporated into each class. Everyone who
participates in our classes does so at their own pace & within their own comfort zone, so it can be practiced either standing
or seated. We can usually work around injuries or physical conditions or disabilities, so there is no need to be put
off or stop attending classes or practicing Qigong entirely ie: for a bad shoulder or knee. Qigong is so much more than
simply exercise, as we are training the mind, breathing & body.
CHI CLINIC TAI CHI ESSENTIALS
program has been carefully formulated, tried & tested over many years & is evolving still. It is most beneficial
to help Beginners learn some of the basic movements of Tai Chi & Qigong & also for Improvers or those who have been
practicing any style of Tai Chi or Qigong to deepen their practice. The regular classes are accumulative as we learn
in layers & only by practice & repetition can we get to deeper layers, deeper understanding & deeper levels of
wellness & comfort. Our Workshops are beneficial to Improvers as we focus on practicing & introducing deeper
levels of Postural Alignments, Tai Chi / Qigong Principles & Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
These arts are about seeing, feeling & being yourself - it is your experience!
TAI CHI QIGONG SHIBASHI FOR BEGINNERS & IMPROVERS?
There are many styles of Qigong. Shibashi means simply the ‘18 Form’
& also known as Tai Chi Qigong. It was developed in 1979 by Professor Lin, Hou Sheng of Shanghai, a
Qigong Master, healer & author of many books in China. Shibashi is a form (set of movements) which
is based on the philosophy of Tai Chi & extracts some of the best movements from the Yang style. It
places emphasis on synchronizing the movements with breathing techniques & as such is a gentle, beautiful, flowing
form that is wonderful to practice & easy to learn.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SHIBASHI?
Shibashi is designed to improve one’s general health & wellbeing. The
gentle rocking motions & stretching movements improve circulation & digestion. The
chest exercises & breathing techniques are good for lung conditions ie: asthma. The overall effect
of the exercises are to reduce mental stress & physical tension carried in the muscles of the body.
WHAT DO THE CLASSES INCLUDE?
Learning the form at your own pace & practicing with others
Cool down & closing exercises
Meditation & Self Meridian Massage
Enjoyment with lovely people.
Please refer to the Timetable listed on
the left for details & directions.
Most classes cost £10 per person per session although we do have
concessions for those who are unemployed or in full time education.
Beginners are always welcome to any
of our classes and everyone will be taught within their own comfort zone & at their own pace.
us a ring or email for further information