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About Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese Martial Art, which can be practised on many levels. Based upon the Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang the system seeks to provide a balance in the physical and mental state of the student. It can be used for health, relaxation and self-defence or as a form of meditation, improving concentration and awareness.

You do not require a high level of fitness to begin training, there is no special equipment and you can progress at your own speed.

The Five Elements of Tai Chi Chuan.


Most people are familiar with Tai Chi Chuan Handforms. Whenever you see travelogues of China they usually include images of people practising these slow, graceful movements. Handforms help relaxation, coordination, posture, flexibility and body awareness. The slowness of the movements promote deep regular breathing, resulting in a peaceful mind and improved concentration while offering a balanced exercise routine to muscles joints etc. Some also believe the movements promote the flow of Qi (“Chi”) energy.

Pushing Hands:

There are a number of exercises that are practised with a partner. These exercises improve balance, ability to judge distances and improve reactions. They are also of great benefit in explaining certain principles of Tai Chi Chuan theory.

Weapon Forms:

The traditional weapons are SABRE, SWORD and SPEAR. The benefit of learning the weapon forms is to compliment the Handforms. The weapon forms are more dynamic and aerobic, so stretching the muscles and increasing the circulation and improving respiration.

Self Defence:

The Handforms comprise individual techniques; each technique has a name and a self-defence application. Knowledge of the techniques not only allows you to protect yourself but also provides a greater understanding of the movements in the form.

Internal Strength:

This is attained by regular practise of 12 Yin and 12 Yang exercises that improve health and the function of the internal organs. As they also have Martial benefits these exercises are not taught in open class but are studied by senior students as “closed door” techniques.

Other exercises:

Also in classes, usually at the beginning, Qi Gung exercises are performed which warm and stretch the body, thus preventing muscle strain. Many find these `energy work` exercises both meditative and energising.

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