T'ai Chi Chuan: beginners

Course Dates: 28/04/22 - 14/07/22
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Location: Keeley Street
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 is delivered in-person and online at the same time. This is the in-person version of the course. For the online version, use FTC63O.
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Started Thu, eve, 28 Apr - 14 Jul '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart
phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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 within a group.


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.

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

You should wear loose comfortable clothing, perhaps your own notebook and pen.

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

Continue next term and/or Chi Kung and relaxation. There are a wide range of health and movement courses available at our Health and Wellbeing programme..

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.