Basingstoke Tai Chi Classes – What is Tai Chi?
Are you looking for a low impact, gentle naturally flowing exercise? Tai Chi provides this and much more. Come and try our Basingstoke Tai Chi Classes and learn this graceful art. Tai Chi, sometimes called Taiji or Tai Chi Chuan, is a form of exercise and moving mediation that has been practiced for centuries in China for it’s holistic health benefits. As a soft internal Chinese Art, It is suitable for all ages and abilities. The soft gentle movements help with muscle relaxation and combined with flowing movements assist in combating the anxieties and stresses of modern life. We regularly run beginners courses to help people to learn this fascinating art that can provide a complete system of physical and mental health through a combination of movement, mindfulness and meditation.
Tai Chi is well known as an slow, gentle exercise practised for health, well-being and relaxation by many people in the Far East and worldwide. Additionally, coming from a strong pedigree of Chinese Martial Arts, it is also a very practical and effective Martial Art. Our Basingstoke Taichi Classes enable you to learn Tai Chi for health or as a Martial Art as you wish.
Medical Studies concerning Taichi
There are many medical studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of Tai Chi to help people cope with chronic conditions. Moreover, regular practice of Tai Chi has also been known to alleviate health problems associated with aging. Additionally studies have shown the efficacy of Taiji in helping with the prevention of falls. 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.”
Benefits of learning Tai Chi
Regularly learning Tai Chi has a number of benefits to it’s practice, including:-
– Relaxation and Wellbeing
– Improved Posture
– Mental Awareness and Concentration
– A low impact form of exercise
– Increased 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. Consequently there are numerous studies that have shown have effective TaiChi is for reducing stress and anxiety in addition to helping people to cope with long term physical conditions through it’s therapeutic healing properties.
“Tai Chi classes can help you take control of your life and health!”
The Shikon Tai Chi System
Our Basingstoke Tai Chi Classes 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. We follow a syllabus that is suitable for anyone of any age or ability and is structured to allow you to progress at a pace that encourages you to develop at your own pace. The teachers that you will meet use the most modern progressive coaching methods to teach this ancient Chinese art ensuring that modern sports science and teaching skills are used to pass on 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 Yang Style Tai Chi system is widely taught within workplaces, schools, hospitals and community groups as well at club locations across Europe. There are regular seminars both nationally and internationally to allow you to train with practitioners from other clubs and with other teachers. Our coaches are all fully qualified and experienced Tai Chi coaches through the British Chinese Council for Martial Arts, who are the Sport England recognised National Governing Body for Chinese Martial Arts in this country. Our Lead Coach is a Tutor for the British Chinese Council for Martial Arts with the Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications.
Tai Chi at Shin Gi Tai Academy is an activity I would not now want to be without. It is giving me measured control of my movements, renewed my balance and greatly improved my posture enabling me to do things I could not previously envisage. I cannot stress enough what Tai Chi has done to enhance my well being and my life in general. Three years training now but I wish I had discovered it years ago. Trainers and staff are first class.
Derek Whitby Aged 74
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