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!
How Do I Learn Tai Chi
As a beginner, you start by learning the tai chi form. There are teachers in the group who are very patient and will take time to repeatedly explain the moves and their purpose to you. Whilst learning the movements and applications you will quickly benefit from increased coordination, balance, flexibility and a calmer mind.
Where Can I Learn Tai Chi
Our Weekly Classes which normally include Qi Gong, are usually attended by Mark
personally and are in Hastings and Bexhill.
Here beginners and the
more experienced are able to work
on their practice and learn new skills.
Click here for places, times and more information
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
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.
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.