T'ai chi chuan: beginners

Course Dates: 23/04/20 - 18/06/20
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Location: Online

Benefit from the relaxed, effective, flowing movements of this ancient health and martial art. Beginners learn T'ai Chi foundational sequences and postures. Develop a clear grounding for health, well-being and application, developing sound personal practice, enabling proper realisation of benefits.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

You will learn a sequence of movements from the Yang family Tai Chi long form and Chi Kung, this is a potentially profound energetic embodied experiential multi-layered practice, the focus will be on establishing a sound, clear centred balanced Tai Chi ‘body’ through investigating and exploring the foundational exercises to develop the health wellbeing and application benefits the art is famous for. Richard Chipping teaches the Yang family style long form T'ai Chi Chuan.

What will we cover?

The course will cover movements of the Tai Chi long form with a focus on the first section of the hand form. Additional warms up and Chi Kung exercises will be introduced.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Perform part of the Yang style T’ai Chi long form with accuracy and improving clarity.
- Demonstrate improved smooth, flowing centred movement
- Perform loosening-up exercises and some Chi Kung movements
- Experience a more relaxed energised and better aligned mindbody, releasing stress and tension.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners' level, but could also benefit practitioners of other styles seeking to explore this approach.
As a profound embodied experiential practice, attendance is the essential requirement!
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness.


PLEASE SEE THE PRE-EXERCISE CHECK LIST BELOW:

To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.

- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, back or knee problems?

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through demonstration of the specific movements and active participation within a class setting. The course tutor will give instruction during the class to enhance and develop your practice. Frequent personal physical practice outside of the sessions is highly recommended, as is taking personal notes during class.

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You should wear loose comfortable clothing and have a notebook and pen to hand in case you wish to take notes. Certain books and video/DVD will be recommended.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue next term and/or Chi Kung and relaxation.

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Very satisfying course
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Review by Lesley / (Posted on 19/03/2020)
Do it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/03/2020)
Give this course a try and stick with it until the end.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/11/2019)
Take this class. It's amazing. The teacher is excellent, super chilled and very knowledgable. Am revelling in the positive energy and am learning to reducate my body (and mind) into better postures and practices. Absolutely five stars.
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Review by Sas / (Posted on 18/07/2019)
Great course. Helps with ones balance. Teacher warm, patient. fun and knowledgeable
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Review by no name / (Posted on 28/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Richard Chipping

Richard Chipping has been teaching Yang family style Tai Chi Chuan since 1981. Teaching for Master Chu King Hung, the third adopted son and disciple of Master Yang Sau Chung (eldest son of Yang Cheng Fu) from ‘81-‘96. Richard has also studied for shorter periods of time with Master Yang’s other two disciples, Ip Tai Tak and Chu Gin Soon. Richard also teaches and practices Baguazhang (Cheng and Yin lineages). He is CEO and senior trainer for a charity, the London Centre for Personal Safety (LCPS) providing best practice evidence based personal safety and self defence training mainly to the vulnerable, crime victims and survivor groups. He introduced the IMPACT self-defence full-force approach using mixed gender training teams with suited instructors and was the first such instructor in the UK. Richard’s been an advisor to local and national governments, the Home Office and Metropolitan Police Service on public safety, public protection, homicide and sexual violence; Chaired the Met’s Sapphire Sexual Violence IAG for five years, contributing for example to two National Rape reviews and the ACPO Guidance on Investigating Serious Sexual Offences.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: FTC63

Please choose a course date 

Thu, eve, 23 Apr - 18 Jun '20

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £88.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2622

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