TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS . Taiji is easy to learn . Learn at your own pace . No Special clothing required . No previous experience needed . All that is required is the desire to try something new .

WHAT IS TAI CHI? Also named TAIJI is an ancient Chinese exercise regime and martial art based on many Daoist principles. Research studies from practising this art form suggests that taiji can strengthen the body, mind and spirit. The west practice tai chi for it's health giving properties. All the movements of the tai chi are soft and gentle, with the mind being calm and focused. As a health exercise it helps improve balance, lower blood pressure. As a martial art, Tai chi uses the method of "softness overcomes hardness." At present many Chinese practise it on a daily basis.

WHAT IS THE TAIJI FORM? The form was invented by different families in China, each had been involed in studing martial arts. Each family developed the movements for their own particular series of movements in the excercises known as sets or forms. There are many different family styles of Tai chi - the main ones being Chen and Yang ( go to History section ). Each of these may be sub-divided so there can be many different styles of this Tai Chi.
Tai chi - Taiji group The Tai Chi we are teaching/practising?
Yang style Taiji derived form Cheng Man Ching.

The training we do?
The main vehicle for our practice is the Tai Chi Form - this beautiful, slow flowing sequence of movements is what most people recognise as Taiji - this is where we create the depth of our practice. Initially concentrating on Master Huang's 5 Loosening exercises and Cheng Man-Ch'ing's 37 movement Form, we lay the foundation for those who wish to further their study.

At its simplest level, the Form is a choreographed routine that flows from one posture to the next, co-ordinating mind and body, gently aligning the skeletal structure, stretching and mobilising the body, calming the mind and deepening the concentration.

As we deepen our practice the Taiji form becomes internally 'wavelike', rising and falling in a ceaseless rhythm - like the swell of the ocean on a calm day.

What differentiates Master Huang's Taiji from most others, is the emphasis on the internal changes between postures, rather than the postures themselves.

Through the clear direction of the mind's intention (Yi), the body is drawn inexorably towards a point of stillness. Where the intention withdraws, where the awareness expands, where the forces from the ground are free to travel through the body and beyond?..

Training Tai Chi has 3 main immediate benefits:
1) Taiji is a gentle system of exercise that stretches and strengthens the body, and calms the superficial mind through slow co-ordinated smooth flowing movements.

2) Taiji system for increasing mind / body connection and deepening awareness. It offers freedom to review habitual responses and provides the potential for self-discovery and deep inner change.

3) Tai Chi is a subtle martial art, in which yielding and neutralising are the overlapping central principles. People of all ages and degrees of health are able to practise it. Taiji practise requires an attitude of genuine enquiry, patience and perseverance, an openness to practise according to the teaching and a willingness to constantly examine and refine your inner conscience. Once begun, Tai Chi should be thought of as a lifetime practice.

I am presently based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK, A.Odusanya - I am a qualified Taiji instructor with Tai Chi Union of Great Britain Website: TCUGB Instructors list

Contact details: email address: Click on this to find out any information. I could start a class in your area.