To book into a class or for more information then contact me on 07887 561919 or email enquiry@marjorienewton.co.uk

 

Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is a flowing sequence of movements which is both a martial art and a means of creating and maintaining a healthy life. It is often described as a moving meditation. There are several different styles of Tai Chi but all have the same basic principles and the same wonderful benefits. I practised Wudang and Yang Styles then I found two fabulous teachers, a husband and wife team, Karel & Eva Koskuba who taught Chen Style. Since then I only practice Chen Style as I love the emphasis on the spirals and circles which help me manage my chronic pain and which also built up the strength in my muscles.  Tai Chi is for the healthy who want to improve their level of fitness and feel calmer and more balanced.  It works equally well for those who are dealing with short or long term health issues.

I personally like the balance of teaching Tai Chi as a martial art and for the health benefits as the moves are the same and the understanding from the two different perspectives helps to emphasise what you need to do and how you need to do it. It also means that in a class I have students whose only interest is in the health aspects or the martial arts aspects and some who like me love that fact that I can practise something that helps me be healthy, calm and strong whilst giving me the confidence that I can go some way to defend myself should I need it.

This confidence is partly why I practice. But my main reason for practising Tai Chi is the sheer love of it. It is fun, I enjoy learning complex patterns, breaking them down into smaller more manageable chunks and working on the detail and putting the chunks back together again to make a whole.

Within the Chen Style of Tai Chi there are several forms to learn which vary in the number of moves in the sequence and the amount of complexity and energy. However, it is important to learn one form well before moving onto learning a new form and for some people one form is all they want to learn as there are always things to work on.

Once you have learnt one hand form well then you may wish to learn a weapon or Push Hands or Joint locks, there is always something new to learn whether it is about an existing form and going more deeply into it or learning a new form and seeing the common principles apply. Typical weapons are sabre, spear, sword and fan.

benefits

Here are some of the benefits of regular practice:
Improved: flexibility, breathing, cardio vascular activities, balance, concentration, focus and memory
Increased: stamina, strength, sense of well-being
Being able to be calm, centred; managing stressful situations and pain more effectively

the session

You will learn some Qigong/Taiji exercises to warm up the body and mind then learning one by one the moves in the sequence. The speed of learning new moves will depend on your readiness to learn the next move. After a short time you will have sufficient moves to put together the start of the set sequence of the form. You can make it as gentle or as challenging as you wish.  You learn breathing and relaxation techniques to help you release tension relax and develop a quiet mind and calm body.   This combination of softness and strength helps you strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility and stamina.  The combination of moves, breathing and relaxation techniques help to improve your concentration, feel calm and centred and yet energised. 

equipment

Loose clothing is advised and either trainers, Tai Chi shoes or bare feet.

Tai Chi can be practised If you are pregnant or post natal

syllabi

 

Laojia (Old Frame)

 

Laojia Pao Chui (Old Frame Cannon Fist)

 

 

 

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classes

 

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I joined Marjorie's Tai Chi class 4 weeks ago and can't believe how much we have learnt already. Marjorie's classes are fun, and the hour flies by. Whilst we all work together, our individual needs are managed with Marjorie's sensitivity and patience. I can really recommend coming along and seeing for yourself.
  Rose