Spring term 2020 Tai Chi evening classes in West Cornwall

Mousehole Solomon Browne Memorial Hall Tuesdays 11am – 12:30pm

Heartlands Chy An Bobel Wednesdays 7-8:30pm

Helston Old Cattle Market Mondays 7:30-9pm

Penzance St Marys CofE school Tuesdays 7-8:30pm

Tai Chi day at Heartlands

Cornwall Tai Chi will be hosting a day of T’ai Chi at the Heartlands Hall on

Saturday 12th October 10am to 5pm (lunch 1-2pm)

The cost will be £45 (£40 if you book in advance/ £25 half day)

  • 10am – Morning session starts: we begin with some warming up exercises followed by deep breathing to activate the internal energy. Tai Chi is not a physical form of exercise but develops a store of Qi or internal energy sometimes called the life-force, deep breathing is an important component in activating this kind of energy. We then go on to learning a sequence of flowing movements called Tai Chi dance which stimulates energy at the start of the class, this works by relaxing the physical body and opening the energy meridians and concentrating the mind. The energy tends to flow where the mind goes so learning these movements gets energy to flow around the entire body including the internal organs which generate energy.
  • 11:30am – Tea break, tea will be available
  • 11:45am – Partner work. Learning how to overcome stress is one of the most important factors in learning to relax and promote the free-flowing of energy in the body. Stress burns up too much energy and causes the body to age too quickly so we take practical steps to deal with it through partner exercises like sticky hands. You make contact with your partner’s arms and move in a circular fashion gently testing each other’s balance. With practice you learn how to relax and not tense when someone is pushing you, this skill can then be transferred into a host of other situations, even self-defence training.
  • 1-2pm – Lunch break. Bring a packed lunch or you can go to the nearby Red River Cafe.
  • 2-3:30pm – Qigong exercises and energy exercises in pairs.
  • 3:30pm – Afternoon tea break.
  • 3:45-5pm – T’ai Chi form. A meditative sequence of slow movements.

You can see some videos of our courses and classes and the various exercises we learn in T’ai Chi on our Youtube channel.

Tai Chi Easter Course in Cornwall 2020

St Just Sports Centre, Cape Cornwall Road, St Just, TR19 7JX

  • £40 per day (pay on the day)
  • book a full week for £175 and save £25 (pay in advance)

Book onto the course

The Tai Chi Easter Course is open to everyone from beginner level to advanced students and is suitable for both men and women of all ages. Over the week we will be going into the exercises we do in the evening classes in more depth and there will also be plenty of experienced students from our clubs around the country to work with.

A typical day starts with warming up exercises followed by Tao Yin or deep breathing. This activates the Dantian or lower cauldron where our internal energy is stored. We then do a partner exercise which helps the energy to travel along the spine and circulate throughout the entire body. The morning is usually reserved for the Tiaowu or Tai Chi dance form which is a flowing sequence of movements. We call this a more Yang form because it involves more movement including jumping and sweeping down close to the ground. We start with very simple movements then as your ability increases you progress to the more advanced sequences.

We have a break in the morning for tea and then move on to partner exercises. We break for lunch from 1-2pm. In the afternoon we do some Qigong which helkps to ipen up the energy channels and gives you a boost for the afternoon session. We will be doing some more partner work including Yifu Shou (sticky hands) and various other exercises designed to help us understand the differences between physical and energetic types of exercises.

At the end of the class we concentrate on the Tai Chi form which is the oldest form of Tai Chi exercise, it helps to improve your concentration and focus.

Autumn term 2019 classes in West Cornwall

Tai Chi partner exercises on Sennen beach at the Tai Chi Summer Course 2019

Our local Tai Chi classes start this week at

Penzance: St Mary’s school in Redinnick place on Tuesdays 7-8:30pm details

Helston: Monday evenings at the Old Cattle Market 7:30-9pm details

Heartlands: Wednesdays 7-8:30pm Chy An Bobel community hall details

Here are some pictures from our Summer Course 2019 in St Just

Tai Chi and pain relief – ITN Tonight documentary

An ITN film crew came to our Summer Course in Cornwall this year to film us for an ITN Tonight documentary on pain relief. You can see the Tai Chi in the last five minutes of the programme.

We went down to Sennen Cove first thing in the morning to do some T’ai Chi and warming up exercises for the course and they interviewed some of our students.

The documentary is about opioids which are prescription drugs given out by doctors to help people with long term pain. Unfortunately although these are very good in the short term, but when they are used for longer periods they become less effective and can lead to addiction and a variety of unpleasant symptoms. However some people have found that more natural methods can be effective to help people manage their pain and T’ai Chi is one of these methods. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine long term pain can be caused by obstructions in the energy meridians which choke the flow of Chi or life force. T’ai Chi exercises can really help to improve the flow of Chi and so people feel less pain. T’ai Chi also helps the body and mind to regenerate more quickly and so in the long term the amount of pain suffered is reduced and so overall less side effects are experienced.

If you are interested in looking at some alternative approach to pain relief then have a look at our Association’s main website and see if there is a class or course near you.

Free Tai Chi in the Plen in St Just for Lafrowda week

Starting on Saturday and every day for Lafrowda week FREE Tai Chi sessions in the Plen-An-Gwarry in St Just.

11am – midday Saturday 8th July to Saturday 17th July.

Plus a Tai Chi demo in the Plen on Lafrowda day.#

Beginners are welcome.

Chee Soo on the radio talking about Tai Chi

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

Chee Soo: It’s “T’ai Chi Ch’uan” is the Mandarin, in Cantonese they call it “Tai Ki Kun”, but it’s no longer tweeted as…

Posted by Taoist Cultural Arts Association on Sunday, 5 July 2015

Chee Soo on BBC television

A rare interview from BBC One in 1973 of Chee Soo demonstrating Feng Shou soft style kung fu.

Chee Soo interviewed on BBC One in 1973.

Posted by Taoist Cultural Arts Association on Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Heartlands Tai Chi Day Course


heartlands

We will be doing another Tai Chi day at Heartlands this term on Saturday 7th February 10am – 5pm.

Everyone from our classes in West Cornwall is welcome including beginners.

The course will be held at Heartlands Chi An Bobel community hall which you can see on the right of the picture above.

There will be tea provided plus there’s the Red River Cafe where you can have a hot lunch or bring your own packed lunch if you prefer.

For more details you can talk to us at the Healing Light festival Tai Chi information stall on 24th-25th January or ring 01736 785826 or mobile 07730399389

Directions to Heartlands

 

Heartlands Healing light festival 24th/25th January 2015

 

Tao Yin - deep breathing

Tao Yin – deep breathing

There will be a Tai Chi information stall plus a weekend of demos and taster sessions so come along if you want to meet some of the teachers from the local classes or have a look at our online resources.

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