Summer Course 2016 in St Just

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A day of Tai Chi in Helston on Saturday 9th July

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This term’s day course in Cornwall will be on the 9th July 10am to 5pm at the Old Cattle Market, Porthleven Road, Helston TR13 0SR.

The course is open to beginners and to all our intermediate and advanced students in Cornwall and the South West.

Lunch will be 1-2pm bring a packed lunch, tea will be available.

£40/concessions £20

Easter Course 2016 in St Just

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

The Tai Chi 2016 Easter Course will be held at the St Just Sports Centre in Cape Cornwall Road.

There will be five days of T’ai Chi, and Qigong starting on Monday 28th March to Friday 1st April 2016.

Each day will be from 10am to 5pm with lunch 1-2pm, bring a packed lunch or you can find something to eat in St Just.

The course is open to beginners and advanced students.

 

 

Spring term T’ai Chi day at Heartlands – Sunday 13th March

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A day of Lee style T’ai Chi and Qigong in West Cornwall at Heartlands Community Centre in Pool.

10am to 5pm, lunch 1-2pm.

Price £40.

Beginners are welcome.

Parking for the course is available in the disabled car park near the hall. Drive in to Heartlands via the lower entrance and park here.

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Spring term 2016 Tai Chi classes in West Penwith

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Our spring term evening classes are starting on Monday 4th January at Helston’s Old Cattle Market Community Hall.

Heartlands spring term classes in Pool start on Wednesday 6th January at the Heartlands Chy An Bobel Community Hall.

Penzance club opens for Feng Shou Kung Fu and Tai Chi evening classes at Bolitho school on Tuesday 12th January,

Beginners are welcome to attend classes at any time during the spring term, you can pay per week and just turn up on the night.

A day of T’ai Chi at Heartlands on Sunday 29th November

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A day course is coming up at the end of November, it will be in the Chi An Bobel Community Hall at Heartlands in Pool near Redruth and Camborne.

This course will be open to beginners, men and women, all ages, and is also suitable for intermediate and advanced students of Lee style T’ai Chi Ch’uan and K’ai men Qigong.

The price is £40 per day or £20 per half day.

The course starts at 10am to 1pm then there’s an hour for lunch. You can bring a packed lunch or there will also be hot food available from the Red River Cafe. Tea will be available.

The afternoon session is from 2-5pm.

The Chi An Bobel hall is a large hall with a sprung wooden floor and underfloor heating and is ideal for T’ai Chi training, we also have a group who practise every Wednesday evening 7:30-9pm.

Heartlands is located in the middle of West Cornwall with easy access along the A30 to all the local towns.

How to get to Heartlands

Penzance class moving to Bolitho school

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The Penzance T’ai Chi class now has a new location at the sports hall at Bolitho school in Polwithen road. The class is at the same time of Tuesday nights at 7:30-9pm and there will also be a self defence class from 6 – 7:30pm. The class will be starting on Tuesday 3rd November.

The new hall is much larger than the previous venue and there’s plenty of secure parking, plus there are extensive grounds with grass and trees for when we train outside in the Summer. The new location is not far from the old school just a bit further up the hill. We are looking forwards to seeing all our regular students at the new class and as before it’s open to beginners who can start at any time during the term.

Health and massage summer course

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The Health and Massage Summer Course will be at Boswedden House from

Monday 10th – Friday 14th August 2015

Bring a towel to lie on and some massage oil. Diseases we will be looking at this week include Osteo-arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

We will be looking at some typical examples of ways to treat common diseases based on the following principles:

  1. Diet: Chang Ming or Taoist Long Life diet is a time tested approach to nutrition which has been researched by Taoist Masters since before recorded history. The diet is highly effective in boosting the store of ‘Chi’ or life-force within the body and is based around the Taoist principles of respect for Nature. This means eating natural foods which are unprocessed and avoiding any chemical additives and colourings etc as well as cutting down on red meat and dairy products.
  2. Herbal therapy: Herbs are a large part of Chinese Medicine and thousands of herbs have been catalogued over the centuries, each herb can have varying yin or yang effects. We concentrate on Chinese herbs that also grow in the west following the Taoist principle of using locally grown natural medicines.
  3. Meridian massage: Located throughout the body are special pathways through which the life-force flows including eight special meridians which act as storage vessels similar to the streams, rivers and reservoirs which irrigate the landscape. The meridian massage can be used to stimulate or sedate the flow of energy depending on the elemental imbalance and is also a good way to open up the channels to free blockages and improve the smooth flowing of Chi just like the way sap flows in a tree.
  4. Breathing exercises: Deep breathing is essential for stimulating the production of Chi in the lower abdomen but there are also many specific exercises which can not only help with the process of Chi cultivation but also to help build the immune system to prevent a variety of specific common diseases.
  5. Contact thermogenesis: Moxa or Ginger Compress is similar to acupuncture but uses heat to stimulate the energy, the body fluids and the regeneration of body tissues. It is very good for removing stagnation in the system and helps to focus the repair process for example with bruising or injuries.

Summer Course 2015

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Summer Course in St Just

Three weeks of Taoist Arts courses in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

T’ai Chi week 27th – 31st July 2015

Each day starts at 10am with some gentle warming up exercises, then we go through the T’ai Chi T’iao wu 跳舞 or dance, sticky hands, K’ai Men chi gung 开门, Tao Yin 岛隐, Energy recognition and development exercises with partners, sensitivity training and T’ai Chi Ch’uan or form. There’s a morning and afternoon tea break and lunch is from 1-2pm. The week has a good ration of teachers to students so you can be sure you will be able to work at a group on your own level and get plenty of individual attention. The cost is £40 per day (OAPs/students/unwaged £20). This week is at St Just Sports Centre.

Feng Shou kung fu 3rd-7th August

Feng Shou kung fu is a gentle but very effective Taoist self defence style from Shandong in China. The training exercises do not require brute force or physical strength so they are suitable for everyone of any age male or female. This course is good for beginners or intermediate or more advanced students. This week is at St Just Sports Centre.

Anmo health and massage 10th-14th August

Anmo is Chinese Taoist energy meridian massage therapy. We will be learning some of the background to Chinese medicine theory as well as practical skills like diagnosis and massage techniques. We will be looking into particular approaches to treating certain diseases and concentrating on preventative methods. This course is at Boswedden House near Cape Cornwall.

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The residential Summer Course is an ideal environment for beginners and advanced students alike to further their studies. Instructors and senior students from the different areas will be on hand to offer high quality help and advice on all aspects of the Lee style Arts, and it’s an ideal opportunity to get to know the other members of the group in a relaxed environment free from external distractions in an area well known for it’s outstanding natural beauty. Each week of the Summer Course is equivalent to six months of training.

T’ai Chi Week

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Monday the 27th of July until Friday 31st July 2015

The Summer Course in Cornwall is an ideal opportunity for students practising T’ai Chi to develop a thorough grounding in the Art, in actual fact this course is equivalent to six months training at evening classes.

Many of our advanced students and teachers will be attending the course so it’s a good opportunity to benefit from their experience as there is a high ratio of teachers to students which means plenty of opportunities to work with a teacher on an individual basis. Plus there’s also a chance to train with many other students from around the country who are at your own level to share information and training tips you have picked up along the way at your local classes. And of course it’s an ideal opportunity to get to know the other members of the Association in a relaxed environment free from external distractions in an area well known for it’s outstanding natural beauty. Many of you will find familiar faces from your own local regions but will also be meeting new people who share an interest in the Taoist Arts of the Lee style. Finally you can choose to be assessed – if you wish – by the senior teachers, which is the perfect way to structure your development and target your personal strengths and weaknesses.

Feng Shou, Kung Fu Week

Monday 3th – Friday 7th August 2015

Although T’ai Chi Ch’uan is within itself the most powerful method of self-defence, it is not always practical for everyone to wait the ten or more years necessary to develop the required level of skills. Feng Shou self defence is orientated around learning a soft style self defence method in it’s essence. It is a practical method but does not require the kind of brute physical strength or demanding physical exercise regime more commonly associated with Martial Arts training because it utilizes the dynamic power of Chi or what the Chinese know as ‘internal energy’. This week long course will give the beginner a thorough grounding in the basics of the Art and for the more advanced students there will be plenty of opportunity to practise what you have been learning at the weekend and evening courses in your area as well as learning the advanced forms, evasion sets, foot-flow patterns, rollaway techniques and so on and so forth. There will be a grading for those who wish to be assessed at the end of the week.

Anmo, Health & Massage Week

Monday 10th – Friday 14th August 2015

‘Anmo’ or Chinese Massage is based upon entirely different concepts and principles to the kind of massage and therapy which we are commonly familiar with in the West.

The course consists in a programme of practical work with partners under the supervision of a teacher to practise and learn the basic massage techniques. There will also be daily seminars about the basic concepts of Chinese medicine as outlined below. The course is essential for anyone who is interested in taking their T’ai Chi onto an advanced level, but is also suitable for anyone who is looking at alternative ways to aid the bodies defences and ability to regenerate itself and recover from diseases as well as build a stronger immune system.

Even Western anatomy and physiology is fundamentally different to the theory of Chinese Medicine because the Chinese view of the internal organs was not developed from dissection of dead bodies. The Chinese theory of internal organs or ‘Zang Fu’ 脏腑 was developed from research and studies conducted by Taoists from early times and is based upon the flow of energy around the body which interconnects the organs according to a series of natural functions which is unique to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each organ is not just an anatomical unit but also includes an energy meridian or channel and is linked to other functions in the body including emotions.

Massage

Over this five day course you will spend each day learning one of the ten basic massage techniques which are designed to stimulate or sedate the flow of life-force or ‘Chi’ around the body.

Diagnosis

We will also be looking at diagnosis methods based on the system ‘the five methods of examination’: asking, looking, touch, listening and smelling. This is a traditional method based around the five elements and the five senses, and involves a variety of ways to observe the illness and get better feedback before proceeding with treatments including pulse examination.

Treatments

We will be looking at some typical examples of ways to treat common diseases based on the following principles:

  1. Diet: Chang Ming or Taoist Long Life diet is a time tested approach to nutrition which has been researched by Taoist Masters since before recorded history. The diet is highly effective in boosting the store of ‘Chi’ or life-force within the body and is based around the Taoist principles of respect for Nature. This means eating natural foods which are unprocessed and avoiding any chemical additives and colourings etc as well as cutting down on red meat and dairy products.
  2. Herbal therapy: Herbs are a large part of Chinese Medicine and thousands of herbs have been catalogued over the centuries, each herb can have varying yin or yang effects. We concentrate on Chinese herbs that also grow in the west following the Taoist principle of using locally grown natural medicines.
  3. Meridian massage: Located throughout the body are special pathways through which the life-force flows including eight special meridians which act as storage vessels similar to the streams, rivers and reservoirs which irrigate the landscape. The meridian massage can be used to stimulate or sedate the flow of energy depending on the elemental imbalance and is also a good way to open up the channels to free blockages and improve the smooth flowing of Chi just like the way sap flows in a tree.
  4. Breathing exercises: Deep breathing is essential for stimulating the production of Chi in the lower abdomen but there are also many specific exercises which can not only help with the process of Chi cultivation but also to help build the immune system to prevent a variety of specific common diseases.
  5. Contact thermogenesis: Moxa or Ginger Compress is similar to acupuncture but uses heat to stimulate the energy, the body fluids and the regeneration of body tissues. It is very good for removing stagnation in the system and helps to focus the repair process for example with bruising or injuries.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Locating the meridians

We will be learning practical exercises to help us locating the eight extra meridians as well as the ten organ meridians in the body and their associated important energy centres and points related to acupressure.

Understanding the five elements theory

To begin with we will be having a look at how the five elements are related to the way energy is balanced between the internal organs as well as relating this to emotional as well as physical factors of disease.

Understanding the eight principles of disease classification

Eight principles is a major form of disease classification used in modern Chinese medicine to differentiate syndromes according to Yin or Yang factors.

Chee Soo on the radio talking about Tai Chi

Chee Soo talking about the benefits of Tai Chi on the radio in 1977.

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