Tai Chi

Cultivating Mind, Body, Energy and Spirit
for Inner Peace and Flow

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Develop an ability to respond elegantly and appropriately to whatever life brings.

Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is a high level martial, energy and spiritual art.

Many people practice Tai Chi Chuan for the physical and mental health benefits it gives them. Tai Chi Chuan is an internal martial art, and the principles of self-defence contained within it can be applied more widely to everyday life.

Tai Chi is described as the softer Kungfu. But don't let this fool you, it is very powerful.

By practicing Tai Chi, you will increase the amount of energy you have available to you.

You can use this to enhance martial ability, sport, effectiveness at work or anything you choose.

A short guided Tai Chi practice for reducing tension,
increasing relaxation and flow, and coming back to centre.

Numerous studies have been done on the health benefits of Tai Chi, including:

  • Better Balance - Older adults who do hour-long Tai Chi sessions one to three times a week are 43% less likely to fall, and reduce their risk of injury by half.
  • Reduced Pain - Studies show that Tai Chi offers significant relief from back, neck, arthritis, and fibromyalgia pain.
  • Less Anxiety - In 82% of studies, Tai Chi improved mood and lowered anxiety. It has also been shown to be an effective treatment for depression.
  • Less Stress - Develop resilience and learn to release tension.
  • A Sharper Mind - Tai Chi can help reduce age-related cognitive decline.
  • More Confidence - Increased muscle and mind control.
  • A Healthier Heart - Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise which lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, reduces chronic inflammation, and tones the sympathetic nervous system.

Stability and Flexibility

Develop stability, flexibility and easeful movement. Practicing coming back to centre when we are knocked off balance helps us deal with life's ups and downs more easily and gracefully.

Relaxation and Awareness

Releasing tension and creating space in the body using the breath and gentle awareness.

Flowing Movement

Finding more ease and relaxation when moving and when in stillness. When we can stay soft, energy can build rather than drain.

Cultivation of Mind, Body and Spirit

The teaching of Zhang San Feng brings together the physical and martial training of Kung Fu, the energy work of Qigong and the mind aspect of meditation into Tai Chi practice.

Classes with Fully Alive focus on the principles of Tai Chi Chuan, including:

  • Generating and developing energy flow
  • Developing flexibility and balance
  • Awareness of body, mind and energy
  • Increased resilience, presence and stability
  • Letting go of tension and old habits in a safe and supported way
  • Strengthening body, mind and spirit

The benefits of Tai Chi practice can be experienced almost immediately. You will learn how the fundamental principles of Tai Chi Chuan can be used to address specific issues in your everyday life, and get a direct experience of Tai Chi working for you.

Tai Chi Chuan classes

In our school we follow the teachings of Zhang San Feng as understood and passed on by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, who has spent much of his life studying and passing on the various arts that came out of China.

Zhang San Feng was a Shaolin Kung Fu master who left the Shaolin Temple to cultivate his spirit, and developed the system now known as Taijiquan. He was the first person to combine the physical aspect of Kung Fu, the energy aspect of Qigong and the mind aspect of meditation into one practice.

This wonderful legacy that Zhang San Feng passed onto us means that when practising genuine Tai Chi Chuan today we can achieve the “triple cultivation” of good health, performance and spiritual development.

Ready to learn Tai Chi at the mind, body, energy and spiritual level?

  • Online Tai Chi Classes via Zoom with Sifu Tim
  • Tuesdays 7 - 8 pm
  • Join live or take classes in your own time using the recordings
  • £79 for 1 month / £199 for 3 months of classes
  • Multiple Class Deals available
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Sifu Tim Franklin is an Associate Lecturer at Chichester University, teaching Tai Chi for Mind-Body Connection and Resilience.

"Entering the way, nourish heart,

stabilize nature, accumulate energy,

focus spirit be main path"

 

from  Focusing Spirit Accumulating Energy Treatise in Grand Ultimate Practice - Zhang San Feng