Developed originally as a martial art, Tai Chi is a unique practice based on the principles and philosophy of Chinese culture.Tai Chi is now best known as a complete set of exercises which can with proper practice provide health benefits to people of all ages. It is often referred to as an exercise in moving meditation. The movements are practiced slowly with great emphasis placed on correct posture and balance with the concentration focussed on breathing and fluidity of form.

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Tai Chi classes at the annual ATEA Tai Chi retreat.

The benefits to be gained from regular practice of Tai Chi include:

  • Increased suppleness, agility and strength.
  • Increased levels of concentration
  • Improved posture, coordination and balance.
  • Relaxation, calmness and freedom from stress.
  • Strengthening of the internal functions of the body, such as the immune system, metabolic functions and cardiovascular system.

It is suitable for people of all ages, and requires no special equipment. Generally classes are structured around the ability of the students and each session will include; Chi Kung exercises-Practice of the Form-Push Hands (Partnered Work) and Applications.

The form we practice comprises 37 postures and was developed by Master Cheng Man-Ching from the original 108 movement Yang Long Form.

Master Cheng was an outstanding teacher who probably more than any other was responsible for spreading Tai Chi in the West. He was during his lifetime and through his writings still an inspiration to many martial artists and his Form is now one of the most widely practiced Tai Chi Forms in the world today.