What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi Quan is a system of slow meditative physical exercises for balance, relaxation and health.
The Quan aspect of Tai Chi Quan can be described as the meditative focus or the boxing expression of this internal Martial art practiced for both it's health benefits and martial value.
There are many different Tai Chi training forms both traditional and modern.
The interest in Tai Chi has and is still steadily growing in the West as more people experience the benefits of this art.
The health benefits of Tai Chi forms, traditional and modern are supported by Western medical studies showing the
effectiveness of Tai Chi
as an alternative exercise to prevent illness and support the well-being of the mind and health of the body.
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
, published in 2013, shows some of the newer research into this ancient art's health benefits.
To view mini lectures by
Harvard Medical School Researchers
in the field of Tai Chi and Mind Body exercise click
The health benefits of Tai Chi include:
- Increased energy levels & circulation
- Strengthens circulatory and immune systems
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Develops internal 'musculature'
- Improves flexibility & joint mobility
- Significantly improves balance and co-ordination
- Relaxes the physical body & mind
- Cultivates calmness and focuses the mind
- Can ease mind tension & anxiety
Tai Chi - Silk Reeling Exercises
Exercises moving the Qi or Vital Energy from Lower DanTain around the body in continuous spiraling motions. This method of movement is at the core of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi - LaoJia - Old Classic Form
The Old Classical Form, LaoJia, with it's many postures and expressions of Silk Reeling, is practised by both new & old Tai Chi students to develop their Tai Chi skill.
Tai Chi Dao - Broadsword or Sabre
The Tai Chi Dao - Broadsword or Sabre - is known as the "General of all Weapons".
With it's 13 kinds of rolling, closing, pricking, blocking, cutting, twisting, shaking, supporting, slicing and tilting it is very versatile and great fun to play.
Tai Chi Dao combines hardness & softness in harmony, fast & slow as well as relaxing & nimbleness.
Limited places in Tai Chi Dao classes will ensure plenty of space to play the Tai Chi Dao.
Names of the TaiChi Dao movements
If you would like further information about Tai Chi, please contact us and we will put you in touch with a Tai Chi Practitioner.
- 1. Single broadsword opening posture
- 2. Broadsword protects the heart
- 3. Azure dragon emerges from the water
- 4. Whirlwind withers the flowers
- 5. White clouds cover the head
- 6. Black tiger searches in the mountains
- 7. SuChin bears sword
- 8. Golden rooster stands on one leg
- 9. Rolling away from the blade
- 10. Cut the white snake at the waist
- 11. The sun rotates in three rings
- 12. Scatter the clouds and see the sun
- 13. Separate the weeds to seek the snake (left)
- 14. Separate the weeds to seek the snake (right)
- 15. Azure dragon emerges from the water
- 16. Whirlwind withers the flowers
- 17. Swallow separates its golden wings
- 18. Ye Cha explores the sea
- 19. Turn the torso left, block and cut
- 20. Turn the torso right, block and cut
- 21. White snake spits its tongue
- 22. Embrace the moon
- 23. Single broadsword closing posture