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Beginners courses provide a supportive learning environment to begin an authentic Tai Chi and Qigong practice.  They are based on a systematic and progressive syllabus as outlined below.  Students can learn at their own pace, consolidating their learning and progress further by attending intermediate classes when they wish.  This course will be repeated in 6 week blocks, dates will be updated below.

Beginners Syllabus

Mobilizing Exercises

Loosening and mobilizing exercises are practised at the start of each class to open the body, release tension, develop body awareness and articulation of movement.

Qigong (Ch’i Gung, Chi Kung)

Qigong exercises involve conscious use of breath, movement, imagination and body awareness to cultivate and balance life energy for health/wellbeing and are a great complement to Tai Chi practice.

The Tai Chi & Qigong Body – Structure and Release

Students are introduced to the principles of posture and the process of cultivating relaxation and release within the body, creating the foundation for Tai Chi and Qigong practice.

Principles of Movement

Simple movement patterns are introduced – including verticality, shifting weight, rotation, stepping and co-ordination of the upper and lower body – covering the main aspects of movement in this Tai Chi style. Students progress to learn Huang Sheng Shyan’s 5 loosening exercises, which provide a framework to understand and cultivate the deeper aspects of the practice.

Tai Chi Form – 37 Posture Form

Tai Chi Form is a sequence of connected, flowing movements which originate from martial arts.  There are many different Tai Chi forms – the 37 Posture Form derives from Yang style and was created by Cheng Man-ch’ing and taught by him in China, Taiwan and the USA between 1946 and 1975.  It was later refined by his senior student Huang Sheng Shyan and subsequent teachers.  We will focus initially on learning the first 8 movements from the opening section of the 37 Form.

Partner Practice 

Beginner partner practice is taught through non-competitive exercises, to enhance the understanding of Tai Chi principles and cultivate basic skills, including grounding, issuing, connected movements and co-operative partner forms.  Partnerwork can be the most fascinating and enjoyable aspect of practice, and is ideally approached with an attitude of co-operation and mutual growth.

Followed by intermediate classes 7.15pm – 8.15pm – not drop-in, contact Alan for details.

Also supervised practice classes 8.15pm – 9.00pm – not drop-in, contact Alan for details.

 

Venue:  In The Moment, 72 Berkeley St, Glasgow, G3 7DS.

Dates:  4th October – 8th November ’18.  15th November – 13th December ’18.  10th January – 14th February ’19.  21st February – 4th April ’19.  11th April – 23rd May ’19.  6th June – 11th July ’19.

Times:  6.00pm – 7.00pm (followed by intermediate class 7.15pm – 8.15pm & supervised practice class 8.15pm to 9.00pm – not drop-in, contact Alan for details).

Cost:  £60 (concessions £50) for either beginners or follow-on intermediate course; £30 for partnerwork course (for those attending current classes).

 

For more information please contact Alan:-

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