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One's first experience of a Tai Chi Class is very important. One should immediately feel the benefits of the deep relaxation and sense of stillness. All too often, though, this experience can be mixed. The simplicity of the warm-up and the Qi Gong exercises moves one into a sense of peace and stillness. However, once one begins the Tai Chi practice ie the linking of a set series of movements, the level of simplicity soon evaporates. Traditionally this is because the old forms are too long and complicated. They require everyday practice from the first day in order to progress. Here in the West we do not have our nations parks filled with daily practice of Tai Chi Classes. Usually the classes are done once a week, maybe twice a week. Therefore it is crucial that the Tai Chi Form being taught is simple, easy to follow, easy to learn and easy to practice. It should be short and feel that it's possible to achieve even for a complete novice. For this reason I have adapted the Sun Style 73 Movements to create a Simplified Sun Style Form. It's simple, has plenty of repetitions and can be easily learnt even with a class of only once a week. Most importantly, the Beginner Form performed in the style I've described will deliver on what Tai Chi is all about. The key to it is the simplicity and the repetitions. The whole sequence takes 8 to 10 minutes. Performance of the form should be fluid, relaxed, effortless, timeless and highly enjoyable.

The Flexible benefits of Front-facing Tai Chi Forms

Due to the design of my beginner forms it is possible to follow the whole class without knowing anything about Tai Chi. This is unique to experiencing Tai Chi for the reason that all the original Tai Chi Patterns(or forms as they are known) start changing direction after movement 2 or 3. However, with the unique design of my forms one can face forward throughout the Tai Chi Form. As a result of being able to do the form facing forward, one can follow the Teacher throughout the entire class. This allows one to come to Tai Chi sessions every week and not have to learn or practice at home in order to keep up with the class. This offers both Teacher and Student great flexibility. The Teacher can continue expanding the sequence of the forms without worrying that the absolute beginners will get lost. Anyone coming along to my classes can drop right in and do the whole session. From this flexibility I can offer the experience of Tai Chi without the pressure of learning the sequence. Sometimes one is just too busy to put in the time to learn every week new movements. Yet one wants the benefits of Tai Chi because it is enjoyable within this environment. This flexibility allows those who wish to learn with those who wish to follow without either holding the other back. Much later on a small group of keen Tai Chi practitioners will want to begin to learn the more traditional forms that require weekly practice. At this point a separate class will be needed as the traditional forms have to be learnt and are not designed for following.

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Starting with a Simple, Powerful and Achievable Tai Chi Routine

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14/01/2020
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Starting with a Simple, Powerful and

Achievable Tai Chi Routine

Tai Chi falls under the category of Art, Movement and Meditation. In order to learn something new one needs to be re-acquainted with the Art of Practice. The amazing thing about Tai Chi movement is that even one move has the ability to express the essence of Tai Chi. The path of Tai Chi is not one that could be described as easy. Most of the movements are easy in terms of being physically possible for most able-bodied people. But to practice by oneself without following is not that easy. So to begin we need to take on very small chunks of movement information. We then need to return to the idea of Practice. A brilliant book all about the essence of Practice has been written by Seth Godin called “The Practice”. In essence practice is all about making mistakes. If we start by allowing ourselves to emmerse in the Art of Practice then every minute can be enjoyed. Connection to breathing can also bring our focused attention to what we are doing in the immediate moment. This connection of attention and movement can quickly shift our consciousness into a higher state. This higher state exists in a plane of deep peace and relaxation. The biggest difference Tai Chi has to offer versus Yoga, dancing, fast impact martial arts, and active sports is the movements are done slowly with focus and there is no limit to how much you step around, turn and move. There are no stationary, holding movements in a Tai Chi routine, The movement is continuous, focused flow.

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