Try Tai Chi

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Published: Friday 03 Aug 2018 by Fife Council

Stop stessing and relax!

Stop stessing and relax!

Tai Chi

Starts Monday 13th August 2018

1800 – 1930

Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline

Traditional Yang Family Taiji

Beginners & Intermediates – new participants always welcome (booking not required)

Standard price - £6.10 (Fifestyle discounts available)

What is T'ai Chi Ch'uan?

T'ai Chi Ch'uan, or Taijiquan (often abbreviated to T'ai Chi) literally means supreme ultimate fist or boxing. It is not only a very powerful Chinese martial art, but is also a very effective exercise routine for promoting good health and fitness. You do not have to be young or superfit to start practising this art, nor do you need to wear designer clothes. Loose clothing like jogging bottoms and a t-shirt along with flat-soled lightweight footwear is all that is required. The Taiji form is a sequence of movements performed in a slow controlled manner, which eventually instills a feeling of calmness. Indeed, Taiji has been described as a moving meditation. However, you will discover as you progress, that it is very much more than this.

Which Style Will I Learn?

There are different styles of Taiji, amongst which are Chen, Yang, Wu, Wuu, Sun and Li. Even within these main divisions, there are derived styles and variations. Some forms concentrate on the martial aspects of the art, whilst others concentrate solely on promoting good health. Others, however, take the mid line and work on both aspects. It is these forms which are probably the most beneficial and complete styles. With East Winds you will learn Traditional Yang Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan, which follows the mid line approach.

How Long Will It Take to Learn?

The study of Taiji can take a lifetime and you will probably still never reach perfection! Master Christopher Pei has said that if we had 100 years to study Taiji, we would spend one year learning the form (the sequence of movements) and then spend 99 years refining it! The important thing to remember about learning Taiji is, the more effort you put in, the more benefit you will take out. In the beginning everything will seem strange and new, but like any activity, it becomes easier to understand as you progress. Remember - you are doing Taiji for yourself and are not competing against anyone else, therefore you can be as good as you want to be.

Angie Thomas – Instructor

Angie began studying Traditional Yang Family Taijiquan with East Winds in April 2000. She made remarkable progress and was appointed an Assistant Instructor with the school in September 2002. She has studied 24-step Simplified Peking Form, Wushu Fan Form, and continues her studies of Traditional Yang Barehand Form and Sword Form with Shelagh Grandpierre. In spring of 2003, Angie was promoted to instructor with Eastwinds and is now a fully registered instructor member with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. She's also very lovely!

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