Practise

Years ago I saw my teacher concentrate energy in his hand. He was demonstrating how to move Qi to the fist. His fist looked dense, energized while the rest of his body was relaxed. It was impressive to see, it was like his fist was humming. I tried it and my whole body went tense as I tried to mimic what he had done. I tried for the whole session and became increasingly agitated as I couldn’t get it. I asked him how to get it, he said ‘practise’.

My teacher said ‘practise’, so i did it for 2 weeks and made no progress! A year later I was doing a practice in relaxation and yielding in the hand. Instinctively I made a fist and managed to do something similar to my teacher. I kept on and over time I was able to do the same as he did.

‘Practice’ is a noun, ‘practise’ is a verb. ‘Practise’ describes the process of doing something again and again to get better at it. ‘Practise’ is the action of doing something again and again to get better. I promise you, practise and you will be surprised how far you can go.

It is O.K. to fail, just get up and practise again. Let the teacher show you and inspire you, but then do it yourself, repeatedly. Make it your own. Find your own mental and physical pathways to the skills you are taught, then practise. You can do it, you are able.

Practise! Good luck to you!

The Legend of Tai Chi

Chang San Feng was a Taoist sage who lived in the 13th century. Around this time, the Shaolin monks had developed strong practices to maintain good health and defense. One day he witnessed a bird and a snake embroiled in combat. The bird was direct and attacking with its firm beak. The Snake was soft and yielding, waiting for an opportunity to strike. Neither creature won the battle as each was evenly matched in its abilities.

From observing the nature of this conflict, Chang San Feng realized that it is not always the strong that win. Sometimes softness can win. So the idea of Tai Chi was born. When using Tai Chi as a martial art, it is good to have both attacking and defensive abilities: Yang and Yin.

In any event in life, especially a potential conflict, it may appropriate to be assertive, forward, creative; or following, listening, yielding may generate a better outcome. Our ability to have a Yang and Yin response to events is our ability to be open minded, flexible and free.

In Tai Chi we can practice changing from a Yin to a Yang state. So we could start moving slowly (yin) then speed up (yang), Think towards the Tan Tien (yin) or focus on clear, spacious awareness of the area around us (yang). There are many skills to learn and each can be regarded as more Yin or Yang in nature. Identifying which is Yin or Yang is always relative.

Eventually we can combine one Yin and one Yang skill at the same time. Sinking the front of the body (yin) while raising the back (yang) is a classic. We can focus more on one skill and glance at the other, this helps stay focused. So focus on sinking the front while having a regard for its opposite of raising the back. This is a very good method as it develops a deep harmony of energies in the body and mind.

A Typical Tai Chi Class Session

A typical class session will usually start with a gentle warm up of Qi Gong exercises, which in their selves are good for your health.

An insight and practice to assist in acquiring to the deeper meaning and benefits of Tai Chi.

Learning and practicing the Tai Chi form (the moves).

The style of Tai Chi you will be learning is known as “Long Yang”.

This is a gentle exercise that improves mobility, flexibility, increases energy levels and brings the mind and body to work harmoniously together.

Anyone is welcome to come along to find out more

Tai Chi Classes Hastings and Bexhill

Mark Shares His Extensive Knowledge of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

Although learning Tai Chi can be attempted from books and DVDs, it is nearly impossible acquire the internal and postural skills, which offer the true benefits of Tai Chi, without a good teacher.

The Hastings and Bexhill Group Tai Chi Classes are open to all, young and old, beginners to the accomplished and various physical abilities

Mark is the driving force and inspiration for these classes which offer a warm welcome to anyone. Just come along to any of our classes and find out more

Our Tai Chi Classes In Hastings & Bexhill and Surrounding Areas

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and The Current Rules – Most Group Classes Have Been Temporarily Suspended. For More Information Contact Mark.

One to One (or Two) Tuition is Still available – Call Mark 07790 859551

Tai Chi for Fitness

Improve You Fitness, Balance And Develop a Tranquil Mind with Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an excellent practice and exercise for the young and the old  a like, increasing and maintaining overall strength and suppleness of the joints. The Calming and medative aspect is ideal for today’s busy life styles promoting balance and quiescence.

Tai Chi is an internal martial art that consists of a series of moves (form) that are based on Kung Fu moves, but are carried out slowly, gently and with precision, whilst manipulating the chi around the body to promote good health.

Tai Chi has its origins in China in the sixteenth century and was developed by Taoist monks. Tai Chi as it is practiced in the West today, can best be thought of as a moving form of exercise and meditation combine.

Many of the movements were originally derived from the martial arts, although they are carried out slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth even transitions between them.

It is said the Tai Chi moves emulate the natural movements of animals and birds and the meditative nature of the exercises is calming and relaxing in itself.

The benefits of practicing Tai Chi are many, not least acquiring the skill to ito relax and quieten the mind, which is popular with today’s busy society. The aim of most practitioners, apart from a tranquil mind, is improved health, fitness, balance and suppleness

What Is Qi Gong?

Qi gong (pronounced chee-gung) is a method of movement and breathing developed from Chinese medicine.
Practices range from simple breathing techniques and gentle movement through to dynamic and physically demanding forms – you simply learn the forms appropriate to you needs.

There are forms which benefit arthritis and skeletal problems, also forms which greatly help emotional and mental ill health – the range of forms covers the whole spectrum of health.

Qi Gong is quite easy to learn and ultimately empowers you to affect your own medical conditions and improve your energy.

Qi Gong Exercises

“People of all ages and levels of fitness can learn and practice Qi Gong, so developing and maintaining internal vigor good levels of health.”

The many different Qi Gong exercises that have specific uses in improving your health often have colourful names, for example:

Ba Dua Jin
Eight Section Brocade
For Improving the Constitution and and ideal when recovering from an illness.

Yì Jīn Jīng
Changing Tendons Method
For improving tendon strength and muscular and nervous system health.

To name just two from the many different Qi Gong exercises available, each tailored to improve a specific part of your health.
Mark is happy to advice you on what might suit your specific needs

Qi Gong

Improve Your Health, Vitality and Fitness
with Qi Gong

Qi Gong, a set of exercises, movements and postures is aimed at improving your overall health. This can be in general well-being terms or aimed at a specific ailment. The many practices and sets form an important part of Chinese Medicine.

Qi Gong is a series of exercises that have been developed over the centuries. The combination of choreographed movements, in Qi Gong, help to open and cleanse the Energy Meridians (as used in acupuncture).

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice of cultivation the Qi (Life Force) that flows through all our bodies. Practicing

Qi Gong brings together; Mind, Body and Spirit by combining aerobic conditioning , meditation and breathing techniques.

Through the mediation in Qi Gong one can illicit the feelings of happiness and inner peace while the Qi Gong exercises stimulate the circulation of the blood and Qi.

Within Qi Gong mediation, where one is not in a trance, the feeling of wellness and well being is enhanced.

Tai Chi On The Beach

Bexhill beach

From time to time we go to a location like, Bexhill beach to practice Qigong and Tai Chi.

“The tide was out and the wind was very strong so we found a spot where the rocks offered some shelter. It was a real joy to be near the sea, feeling the wind around us with the sun coming through the clouds.”

Practicing the principles of balance and harmony just seemed effortless for a change! The undulations of the beach, the feeling of the wind and the sound of the waves kept the attention in the present, open and tranquil.

Tai Chi for Beginners

Contact us for a free introductory session for beginners. You can either give Mark a call on. 07790859551, or simply turn up and have a go at any one of our classes. Your session will introduce you to the basic first move and the principles of bringing your mind, body and energy together. The classes are open and friendly, with a patient approach to learning. Anyone can learn Tai Chi, no matter what age or physical ability.