Tai Chi is well known as an slow, gentle exercise practised for health, wellbeing and relaxation by many people in the Far East. Less well known is the fact that it is also a very practical and effective Martial Art, if that is how you wish to practice it. Tai Chi is suitable for all ages and all abilities.
There are many medical studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of Tai Chi to help people cope with chronic conditions. Regular practice of Tai Chi has also been known to alleviate health problems associated with aging and activity including helping with falls prevention. Because Tai chi integrates low physical impact body movements with deep breathing and mental concentration, relaxation is possible, thus making it an alternative option to conventional anxiety treatments.
The online web definition of Tai Chi from Princeton.edu provides a good outline of some of the major aspects of the art:- “A Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health.”
Regular practice of Tai Chi has a number of benefits to it’s practice, including the practice of:-
– Relaxation and Wellbeing
– Posture and Good Breathing
– Mental Awareness and Concentration
– A low impact form of exercise
– Core Strength
– Injury and post operative rehabilitation
Through skilful and thoughtful Tai Chi practice we develop the skills and mindset to help us to take control and responsibility for own health and the clarity and focus to empower our lives. There are numerous studies that have shown have effective Tai Chi is for reducing stress and anxiety in addition to helping people to cope with long term physical conditions.
“Tai Chi classes can help you take control of your life and health!”
The Shikon Tai Chi System
Our Basingstoke club practices the Yang style of Tai Chi, in our classes as taught to us by Sifu Steve Rowe, Shikon Martial Arts‘ Chief Instructor who was a direct student of Mary Yang, the daughter of the Founder. Our syllabus is suitable for anyone of any age and is progressive, we use the most modern coaching methods to teach this ancient Chinese art.
The curriculum includes:
- Nei Gong – meditation and standing exercises to help improve health, body control and Martial skills.
- Qigong (Chi Kung) – To help both exercise and also help the body to develop healing skills
- Tai Chi Forms
- Beginners – Short Form,
- Intermediate – Long Form
- Advanced – Fast Form
- Pushing Hands
- Meanings behind the forms
- Double Edged Sword
- Two Person Form
The Shi Kon Tai Chi system is widely taught within workplaces, schools, hospitals and community groups as well at club locations across Europe. There are regular seminars to allow you to train with practitioners from other clubs and with other teachers.
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