Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese martial art which originated from Taoist monks in the 12th century.
The present form is widely recognised as an effective physical and mental exercise system by western medical communities. Its calm, flowing movements make it suitable for all generations, physiques and lifestyles.
The rise of computers and technology has increased the efficiency and speed of business. It has improved our lives and made the impossible, possible. But those benefits have come with an unexpected cost.
People now suffer from posture related complaints through computer over-use; repetitive strain injuries because of smart phone and gaming machines; reports of headaches and nausea from invisible digital signals; weight gain from TV and home comforts.
So isn't it ironic that modern-day medics are turning to a system which was developed almost a thousand years ago?
The slow, peaceful Tai Chi system brings the body back to its roots. Gentle, circular movements and deliberate breathing patterns designed to synchronise the physical and psychological sides of the human form.
Practitioners also believe that the body has an internal energy flowing through meridians or channels called Chi. Acupuncture and acupressure techniques are thought to release "blockages" in the flow and this is one of the core principals of Tai Chi.
Although its movements look simple, they require great skill and practice to perfect. The more you practise, the more you learn and the more you learn, the more you realise that you know very little.
It's a personal challenge which can be as long and difficult as you like but on your journey you will quickly reap its benefits:
- Increased core strength and balance
- A wider range of movement and suppleness
- Improved posture
- More energy and focus
- Better respiratory function, digestion and circulation
- Increased agility, vitality, reaction and alertness
- Reduced stress
Our schools receive direct referrals from hospitals and clinics throughout the region. The patients who have walked through our doors show that Tai Chi is more than fancy Chinese dancing.
Our classes are open to people of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, our classes will help you to develop your Tai Chi skill.
It can fit into the busiest regimes as a casual exercise but its Taoist beginnings mean that it has the ability to offer harmonious teachings, deep philosophy and an ethical way of life.
Tai Chi isn't a remedy for any particular ailment and we don't make any wild claims. The system is designed to support the human body and enhance its intended purpose and if that is what we are supposed to be then who can argue that it is wrong?