Tai Chi Classes

1. Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) Classes

The school currently runs classes in Chen and Yang style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan). Chen Style is the original style of Taiji on which all other styles are based. We mostly follow the instruction of Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang, through Karel and Eva Koscuba, and Chen Bing so the taiji solo form is performed according to their teaching.

Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang Lao Jia Demonstration

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Chen Bing Lao Jia‎ Demonstration

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Classes cover a comprehensive range of exercises and activities to cultivate good health and self defence capability, including:

  • Qigong (Chi Kung). This involves the regulation (correction) of body, mind, Qi, breath and spirit and underpins everything we do. Qigong translates as 'energy cultivation'. It can involve simple standing or dynamic movement. There are routines that explore the full range of movements possible such as The Eight Animal Qigong, The Eight Pieces of Brocade and Five Element Qigong.

  • Chansugong (Silk Reeling drills). One could say that the quest of Taiji is to understand and be able to practice Chansujin (Internal Spiral Energy). As Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang put it; "There are many styles of Taiji, many different forms and exercise drills. If you understand Chansujin you can do everything. Unfortunately it can take many many years to master." In order to understand Chansujin we practice Chansugong - Internal Spiral Exercises.

  • Tui Shou (Push hands) principles and practice. Some people are still surprised to discover it but Taiji is a martial art and accordingly there will be some partner work to explore this facet of the art. We never do anything that could remotely damage ourselves or partner in practice and try to help each other understand how the principles of Taiji (such as not meeting force with force, total relaxation etc) can help us to overcome aggression and be an effective form of self defence.

  • Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) hand forms. The form is a series of linked movements that make up a continuous choreographed routine. The movements have martial applications but can be performed just for health.

Click on sidebar for information on particular classes in your area. Taijiquan classes, in which all the above elements are studied, can be found in Oxford, Wallingford, Didcot and Charlbury.

2. Taijiqigong (tai chi chi kung) Classes 

These classes cover a comprehensive range of exercises and activities to cultivate good health and do not include self defence or more complex patterns or forms. These classes are suitable for everyone regardless of level of fitness. Some classes are only for the over 50s

Students will study;
  • Constitutional Qigong (Chi Kung) for strength, mobility and general well being
  • Qigong sequences, including The Eight Animal Frolics, The Five Elements, Eight Pieces of Brocade, Shaolin Qigong etc.
  • Exploration of tai chi principles for health: postural/structural integration etc
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Internal strength training
  • Balance training
Taijiqigong classes are held mornings and afternoons in Wallingford, Charlbury, Watlington and Henley

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