Horsham Tai Chi

Tai Chi Classes

Gain insight into the benefits of Tai Chi.
Experience improvements in health, with benefits which may include improved balance, co-ordination, posture, breathing and flexibility and reduced stress levels.

Class Details

Horsham  
Address: Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath, Horsham RH12 3YS
Venue 50 + Club, Table Tennis Room.
Times: Mon: 11:30 - 12:30; Thurs: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Paul Elliott and Roger Law
Tel: 07778058482
Email: semka@btopenworld.com

Horsham  
Address: Horsham Unitarian Chuch, Worthing Road, Horsham, West Sussex. RH12 1SL
Venue Church Hall. Entrance through the right hand side of the church.
Times: Fri: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Paul Elliott
Tel: 07778058482
Email: semka@btopenworld.com

Horsham  
Address: Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Rudgwick, West Sussex. RH12 3BY.
Venue  
Times: Tues: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Elliott
Tel: 07778058482
Email: semka@btopenworld.com

Horsham  
Address: Scout Hut, Swindon Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2HF.
Venue Scout Hut
Times: Thurs: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Elliott and Roger Law
Tel: 07778058482
Email: semka@btopenworld.com

Horsham  
Address: Tanbridge School Sports Hall Gym, Tanbridge School, Farthings Hill, Guildford Road, Horsham, Sussex. RH12 1SR
Venue Gym
Times: Wed: 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Elliott
Tel: 07778058482
Email: semka@btopenworld.com

Horsham  
Address: Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre,
Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9QW
Venue Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre
Times: Fri: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Elliott
Tel: 07778058482
Email: semka@btopenworld.com

Cranleigh  
Address: Cranleigh Band Room, Village Way, Cranleigh, GU6 8AF
Venue Cranleigh Band Room
Times: Tues: Advanced Students 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m and Beginners 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Elliott
Tel: 07778058482
Email: semka@btopenworld.com

What is T'ai Chi Ch'uan?

T'ai Chi

  • "supreme ultimate"
  • The forces of nature in balance

Ch'uan

  • "fist" "power" "balance"
  • harnessing the forces of nature

The supreme ultimate way of the "fist" or "the supreme ultimate method of harmonizing the forces of nature through exercise"

It can also be interpreted as:

  • "Strength within softness" or
  • "Harmony in motion"

T'ai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient Chinese Taoist exercise system which is concerned with the promotion of health on all levels of being physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Outwardly its movements - slow and graceful are aesthetically pleasing to watch, while at a deeper level it develops internal forces which may be applied in healing as well as in self-defence.

T'ai Chi also tones and strengthens the organs and muscles, increases vitality, induces relaxation of mind and body, and improves the internal circulation. It differs from the 'hard' styles of martial disciplines - which depend on power and speed in that it is a 'soft', 'internal' system which 'yields' to overcome or neutralise.


Short Glossary

Short Form:

  • The 37 Step Yang Style Form, as devised and interpreted from the Long Form by Professor Cheng Man-Ch'ing. It is the most popular form now taught in the western world, and is the foundation for further studies. It takes about 12 minutes to perform.

Long Form:

  • The original Yang Style, now sometimes called 'Heaven Mountain'. It takes about 30 minutes to perform.

Sticking Hands:

  • A partner exercise to develop 'sensing' and 'listening'.

Pushing Hands:

  • A partner exercise in which both individuals learn to 'yield' and to redirect the pushing force of one's opponent.

Yielding:

  • A technique used in pushing hands whereby one 'sticks' to the opponent's push and leads an attacker to over-extend and over- balance.

Cheng Man Ch'ing:

  • Master of 'The Five Excellences', and student and doctor of Yang Chen-Fu. The first noted practitioner to bring T'ai Chi to the West. Taught students in New York in the year 1965 - 75.

Class Details

The Tai Chi that is practise in the class is intended to be an introduction to the principles of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and is NOT for those who would prefer the 'harder', more Martial Arts style of the discipline.

The lessons will consist of a version of the Hand Form as devised by the late Master, Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing (i.e. The 37 Step Yang Style Short Form) and instruction will be given in the important 'principles' underlying the system.

The 'applications' of some of the postures will be investigated in a gentle self-defence context, together with exercises in 'sticking', 'yielding' and basic 'push- hands'. Simple exercises for warming up, cooling down and stretching will be shown; and certain Chi Kung (or Qigong) exercises, which are an important facet of 'soft' martial arts training, will also be taught.
Students are asked to bring along a bottle of water and to wear loose clothing. The class will be conducted in a spirit of relaxed participation and friendship.


Summary of Syllabus

  • Warm up / cool down exercises
  • Simple Chi Kung exercises (Eight Strand of Brocade & Shibashi)
  • Yang Style of Tai Chi 8 & Tai Chi 13 to introduce some of the basic movements to the students before starting the Tai Chi 37 step form
  • Yang Style Short Form (37 Step Cheng Man Ch'ing Form)
  • The T'ai Chi 'principles'
  • Basic 'sticking', 'yielding' and Pushing Hands Exercises
  • Basic self-defence applications
  • Meditation and relaxation exercises
  • Instruction in using the breath while moving through the Form
  • Instruction in Tensho Chi forms

Website: Tai Chi

Horsham Tai Chi

 

Please contact me if you would like to talk through an opportunity of opening a Tai Chi venue near you.

Join Horsham Karate Club on Facebook

Paul Elliott, 7th Dan
Tel: 01403 218327
Mob: 07778058482
e-mail: semka@btopenworld.com

For more information on any classes please Contact Paul.

Instructors

Junior Instructors

  • Click here for current Junior Instructors

Horsham Karate
Join Horsham Karate Club on Facebook

Tai Chi
Join Horsham Karate Club on Facebook