Ch'uan is an ancient form of slow, graceful and
rhythmic exercise which originated in China, where it is still extremely popular,
often being performed in public parks early in the morning when the air is
at its freshest. The style taught here is the Yang style Short Form as developed
by Professor Ch’eng Man Ch’ing, currently the most practised form of Tai Chi
in the U.K.
Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as ‘meditation in movement’
or ‘swimming in air’ for externally that is how it appears. It is a soft martial
art, quite unlike karate, ju jitsu or any of the ‘hard’ martial arts which
rely on force and speed. Tai Chi strengthens our internal energy, and allows
it to flow more freely through the body.
Tai Chi is gentle and non-violent, though after much practice
it is an extremely effective form of self defence. More detailed information
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