T'ai Chi Chuan: intermediate

Course Dates: 22/09/22 - 08/12/22
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Location: Keeley Street
Practise the relaxed, graceful movements of this ancient oriental art at a deeper level. Learn and benefit from long sequences to calm body and mind. Designed for students with some experience of T'ai Chi practice.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £139.00

Course Code: FFC30

Available start dates 

Thu, day, 22 Sep - 08 Dec '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course was originally intended to focus on post hand form practice, push hands & Da Lu etc and reflect this back to form practice correction and development. However the group has opted to focus more on developing a sounder base in the hand form practice as preparation to these post form practices, though there is reflection from the hand form sequences to these post form practices and application as clear ways to test, investigate, correct and develop a clear sound practice for health well-being and application.

You will learn a sound grounding in the Yang family-style long-form T'ai Chi Chuan (TCC) syllabus to build a sound foundation to lead onto post form practices e.g. Push Hands, Da Lu, application and Chi Kung, exercises that will enable you to calm and relax your body-mind. Improve, co-ordinate and integrate your whole body power and intent for health well-being and application. As an intermediate course some background in Yang style TCC is expected (at least of the first section of the hand form), though the focus will be on teaching to the individual so varying levels can be positively accommodated and some time will be spent on form correction and improvement.

What will we cover?

- T'ai Chi Chuan - using the long form as a foundation to practice
- Push Hands and Da Lu
- Chi Kung
- Application
- Taoist stretching
- Warm up exercises
- Meditation and TCC principles.

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

- Adequately perform movements from the T'ai Chi Yang long form, Push Hands and Da Lu practice
- Demonstrate using solo and partner testing of posture and application to improve health, well-being and practice
- Perform loosening-up, stretching and some Chi Kung movements
- Be able to improve personal practice health and well-being by understanding and utilising TCC principles and practice.

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

Suitable for those with some TCC experience, especially of first section of Yang-style long form. Previous students of shorter forms will also benefit from improved understanding of the original authentic and much more comprehensive practice from which the ’shorter’ forms were abstracted. You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness.

If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, 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?

Demonstrations, verbal direction and explanation, group and individual practice.

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

You should wear loose comfortable clothing. Certain books and video/DVD will be recommended.

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

Continue next term and/or enrol on City Lit's Chi Kung and Relaxation course.

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.