Tai Chi Chuan is an Internal Martial Art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Qi within the body. This is achieved with the aid of the Tai Chi Forms, sequences of movement practised in a meditative state of mind. Practised at the highest level, Qi enters the body through the feet and rises up to the ‘dan tian’ or abdominal area. Movement orginates with subtle changes in the centre of gravity of the practitioner.
This may sometimes be imperceptible to the casual observer, but for the practitioner it generates a strong feeling of Qi moving in the body. The shifting weight causes the ‘Dan Tian’ or abdominal centre to gently twist and turn which then moves the rest of the body around it in relaxed, circles and spirals, all without the use of muscular assistance.
The highest level practitioner learns not to force the movement either with conventional muscle action or with consciously controlled power from the abdominal dantian. Instead the movement comes naturally by itself powered by the soft Qi rising up through the feet. The feeling is gentle and comfortable. In the beginning it is weak but as the body becomes more ‘sung’ (relaxed and empty), it becomes very strong, in a quiet way. The Tai Chi simply happens and you watch.
Postures alternate between Yin ones with the Qi resting in the dantian and Yang ones with the Qi out at the extremeties. This alternation recharges the energy and keeps it moving.
- Tai Chi Joint Release Exercises
- Spontaneous Qi Gong Exercise to develop Qi Feeling
- The Foundations of Tai Chi Natural Tao Movement
- A short Tai Chi sequence from the beginning of 24 Form taught in Traditional Small Circle Style.
Participants will be able to take away useful tools to build a personal daily practice of their own, assisting in relaxation, greater vitality and health.
Traditional Small Circle Tai Chi is incredibly gentle, with more emphasis placed on the yin aspects of Tai Chi than the larger frame Tai Chi systems.
It is ideal for developing Qi sensitivity as well as strengthening the Dantian or Hara.
It is suitable for those new to Tai Chi as well as practitioners who seek to connect more deeply with their Tai Chi movement.
Anthony is British and was born in 1971 and has spent much of his adult life in India, Thailand & China exploring Yang & Chen Style Tai Chi, Vipassana & Zen Meditation & many different styles of therapy and bodywork. His main teachers are Yang Dong Bao for Tai Chi, Akinobu Kishi for Sei Ki & Father Ama Samy for Zen.
He practiced and taught Modern Yang Style Tai Chi for 10 years and then spent a further six years learning Traditional Small Circle Tai Chi. He also teaches Zen Mindfulness and brings this depth into all of his work.
Dates and times
Wed 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April 2017 from 19h-21h
Prices and bookings
120€ for all classes (8hrs)