Lewes Tàijíquán Classes
Weekday Lunchtime Tai Chi in Upper Hall of the Lewes Subud Centre.
Coming this January:
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Weekday Beginners Levels (1):
Tuesdays 13.30 - 14.30 (1 Hour)
Classes at the Lewes Subud Centre, 26a Station Street, Lewes. BN7 2DB
Beginners levels up to 12 will follow to complete all 4 sections of the form.
Classes will run in 10 week blocks each lasting an hour: £75 prepaid.
Beginners Level 1 will teach the first third of the first section of the 37 posture short form.
Please call Esaias if you have any further about how and where to start on 07746 928 308.
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Brighton Tàijíquán Classes
Beginners: Wednesdays 19.00 - 20.30 (90 mins)
Classes at the Brighton Edge Community Centre, 83 Pankhurst Avenue, Brighton. BN2 9AE.
Classes will run in 6 week blocks each lasting for 90 minutes: £45 prepaid.
Please call Russell on 07775 667 763 for more information.
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What to expect from the beginners courses:-
The Tai Chi form is comprised of 37 steps or movements and is divided into four sections, however as some of the movements are repeated we actually perform 49. We teach each section by focusing on 3 levels that each take 10 weeks or 6 weeks to complete depending on the duration of the class. Beginners level 1, 2 & 3, which constitutes section 1, is therefore taught over 30 weeks or 18 weeks as above.
We have found that the most effective way for students to learn Tai Chi is to begin by training the form as set of external movements where accuracy is emphasised. Once comfortable with the external movements students then learn how to apply Tai Chi principles into the movement, which is what makes Tai Chi an internal art. Finally as the student begins to become aware and more immersed in the movements of the Tai Chi form, the training goes deeper where the emphasis is on becoming fully relaxed and synchchronised practicing the Tai Chi form as one connected flow. This then allows students to produce the relaxed force (fajin); the secret power of Tai Chi.
It is a gradual process but the benefits begin immediately by starting to create balance and harmony, breaking down tension and stress, creating a sense of equilibrium.
In the first 6 week block you will learn the first 5 movements of the form. This will be the external element of our practice. But as your understanding develops you will start to cultivate the internal aspects of Tai Chi which will start to transform your practice into the powerful and authentic art that Tai Chi is. You will also begin to train the Tai Chi principles by learning movement 0 and movement 1 of the '5 Loosening Exercises' as devised by Grand Master Huang Sheng-Shyan (our Teacher's teacher).
We will refer to the "Tai Chi Classics" throughout each course. These Classics contain the wisdom and knowledge of the ancient masters and hold the secrets of over 1,000 years of the development of the art of Tai Chi.
Later, usually from Level 3 onward, we will practice partner work which puts in to practice the basics you will have learnt through your study with us of the Tai Chi form.
Throughout you will need to practice regularly and we will not encourage you to move on to the next block until we are happy with your progress.
On the other hand, you do not need to learn the whole form to practice authentic Tai Chi, you can receive huge benefits by simply studying a few moves of the form to ever growing depths of understanding.