Tai Chi is well known as an exercise practised for health by many people in the Far East. Less well known is the fact that it is also a very practical and effective Martial Art.
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.”
Regular practice of Tai Chi has a number of benefits to it’s practice, including the practice of:-
– Relaxation and Wellbeing
– Posture and Good Breathing
– Mental Awareness and Concentration
– A low impact form of exercise
– Core Strength
– Injury and post operative rehabilitation
Through skillful 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.
“Tai Chi classes can help you take control of your life and health!”
The Shikon Tai Chi System
Our Basingstoke club practices the Yang style of Tai Chi, in our classes as taught to us by Steve Rowe, Shikon Martial Arts‘ Chief Instructor. Our syllabus is suitable for anyone of any age and is progressive, we use the most modern coaching methods to teach this ancient Chinese art.
The curriculum includes:
- Nei Gong – meditation and standing exercises
- Qigong (Chi Kung) – Body energy yogic style exercises
- Tai Chi Forms
- Pushing Hands
- Applications to the forms
- Advanced Forms
- Double Edged Sword
- Two person Form
The Shi Kon Tai Chi system is taught within schools, hospitals, workplaces and community groups as well at club locations across Europe.
The video below demonstrates part of the long form that we practice together.
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