Basics of Tai Chi

Tai chi Energy

This in itself has such a broad context from ‘Chi’ to brute force. The term is often used as something mystical but, generally, when any force (energy) isapplied to your system one feels immediately under stress. It is therefore your response (energy) that needs to be in balance in order to give an adequate and appropriate response to any attack.

This attack may be physical, psychological or perceived. Being aware as this  is part of the practice of Tai Chi Chuan.

Tai Chi Form

‘Form’ is a series of movements that covers techniques, postures and movement. It is learnt by performing slow, seamless practice so that the body and mind can integrate ways of moving.

There are many varieties of Tai Chi styles and therefore many sequences each having their own merit and focus. Form practise alone seldom results in a full understanding of Tai Chi Chuan. To be treated as an integral part of practise not an end in itself.

Tai Chi Tsao

‘Tsao’ are mind and body loosening exercises linked to an understanding of the way we connect to all movement. Encompassing releasing, expanding, circling, rooting or grounding. 

Tui Shou

‘Tui Shou’ or Partner work is such an important aspect of learning whether ones movements really work, and is key to furthering a real sense of softness.

Essential practice in fully understanding and playing Tai Chi Chuan. Learning to ‘read’ an intention to listen (Ting Jin) to respond in an appropriate way. It is primarily a practice method with no ‘winner’ to flow freely from one technique to another. Important in finding the tension otherwise unseen in the body.

Chi Kung ( Qigong)

Exercises to improve breathing and relaxation.

Chi Kung simply means ‘work on your Chi’ and mainly relates to exercises both physical and psychological to  enable free movement of energy. By psychological I mean using the mind-intention, by physical I refer to static or moving postures. In effect, Tai Chi is in itself Chi Kung.

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