WHAT IS TAI CHI?
Tai Chi originates from 13th century China as a self-defence Martial Art, however today it is typically practiced for its health benefits. Tai Chi promotes the use of internal energy (or Qi) and focusses on developing suppleness of the body incorporating elegant, slow and soft movements. The poses should flow smoothly one into another, many are based around a squat like position.
As with most Martial Arts there are many different styles including yang, chen and wu. However, they all have historical origins in one of the oldest traditional family styles of Chen. Teachers may favour one or a combination of Tai Chi styles. The main differences between them are the basic postures and the speed of movement.
WHY SHOULD I GO TO TAI CHI CLASSES?
Tai Chi classes place emphasis on health benefits both physical and mental. A gentle form of exercise comprising mainly of stretching which can benefit those who practice almost immediately. Other reasons to join a Tai Chi class include:
- Increase confidence and self esteem
- Build muscle strength and overall fitness
- Improve balance and posture
- Aid flexibility and mobility
- Enhances mindfulness
- Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
- A fun social activity
WHAT WILL I LEARN FROM TAI CHI CLASSES?
Tai Chi classes teach free-flowing movements that help you gently exercise muscles and joints without the heavy impact that other exercises can have on the body. A focus on breathing techniques promote relaxation relieving stress and pressure on both the body and mind. Philosophy also plays an important role when learning this Martial Art.
Classes are Held at:
Bentley Methodist Church
128 High Street
Doncaster DN5 OAT.
Monday 7pm till 8pm