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Joining a Class:-  Frequently Asked Questions


What should I wear?                                                                                                            Loose comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring a blanket, mat or towel for floor work in Foundation classes and Workshops.

Am I well enough to do Classes?                                                                                                If you can tie your own shoelaces and carry a small bag of shopping home from your local shops then you are probably well enough to do the classes. If you have a serious or long-term medical condition then you should phone to discuss it before attending.

Will doing Classes make me better?                                                                                       Like all exercise, it only works if you do it. One class a week can make a significant difference to your health, but a little practice each day, coupled with some modest changes to your posture and habits can make a very substantial difference, often in a surprisingly short time. For many people regular study changes and substantially enhances their lives in many and various respects. A great deal of modern medical research into Tai Chi is now attesting to this. 

Tai Chi or Qigong; what's the  difference ?                                                                            Both Tai Chi and QiGong are superbly efficient exercise systems and both contain detailed and specific physical and mental exercises based on the principles of Yin and Yang, with the function of activating the DanTian, opening the Meridians and expelling negative, stale and stagnant Qi. Both also contain various Meditation techniques, Spontaneous Movement techniques and philosophical teachings which can bring life enhancing benefits for participants. The major difference is that Tai Chi concentrates (initially) on learning individually detailed postures and the slow continuous sequence of movements commonly known as “Form”. Tai Chi study also includes martial applications of the postures and partner practice for sensitivity (but no sparring or fighting in regular classes).  Qigong trains exactly the same body mechanics and systems, but focuses primarily on exercises for self-healing and internal development. For these and other reasons we include some Qigong study as part of the Foundation Classes. 

What if I can't come every week?                                                                                            The Foundation Classes can be taken individually on a drop-in basis. For the advanced Tai Chi, which is taught in 10 week term courses, you should be able to attend at least 6 out of every 10 lessons in order to make your studies worthwhile. You have to start somewhere and should choose a class to register at and attend first. If you miss a class that week, then you may be able to attend one of the other venues. 

What if I've done some Tai Chi/TaijiQuan or Qigong/Chi Kung before?                                      If you have some previous experience you can make an appointment for a trial class at a mutually convenient time.  Both Tai Chi and Qigong tuition are highly variable in both content and quality, therefore previous experience may or may not be useful or relevant. It is only possible to assess this by attendance at class.

What should I do now if I want to join?                                                                                       You can just turn up for any Foundation Class, although it would be nice to know in advance when you are coming. For the Advanced Tai Chi courses, you need to attend some Foundation classes first, then proceed by mutual arrangement

What if I can't afford the fees all at once?                                                                       Standard fee for a 10 week term of Advanced Tai Chi is £110 payable in full at the end of the first evening of term. We will consider negotiated split payments or discounts for students experiencing difficult financial circumstances, but only after participation in a class.

Tai Chi and Qigong both work the same systems, activating the dantian, the central component of the energy system and causing an increased energy level throughout the body. This increased "energy pressure’ assists in clearing the meridians and channels of obstructions by expelling stagnant and stale factors, that we refer to as negative Qi or BinQi, from the body. This can lead to rapid physical and emotional changes. 

By practising methods developed over many years we can become more flexible, mobile, aware, alive and vital in all senses. Through Meditation, (part of the mental aspect of practice) we develop more acute sensory abilities while learning to calm the emotions and quieten the mind, thus extending both our Concentration and our Relaxation according to the Taiji principles of Yin & Yang. 

Primary consideration is given to the physical practice of stretching the spine and joints and correcting the posture, thereby increasing the flow of blood, hormonal and nervous information and Qi, which nourishes the organs. It’s fun to learn and no special equipment is required (we don’t make you wear uniforms). 

SO, if you would like to:-  Be more supple and mobile:  Breathe easier: Be Calmer: Feel more relaxed and less affected by stress: Manage Change more easily:  Sleep better: Get taller: Reduce the ageing process so your body feels younger and stronger: Feel happier with your life: Reduce or get rid of nagging back pains, joint pains and chronic conditions which doctors offer little help for: Have more Vitality and Energy to do things:  

AND you are prepared to: Open your mind to listen and learn: Do a little practice each day: Change some old habits: Pay a modest fee: then come and join us at any of the classes listed above!