Wudang San Feng Pai Australia
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ABOUT TAI CHI
The Chinese martial arts & medical practices began thousands of years ago. Somewhere along the way, the two became entwined & gave birth to Tai Chi. The tradition of oral transmission, from master to disciple, makes the history of these practices impossible to date - lost in the mists of time & ancient mountains We do know that the Taoists studied, developed & still protect the theories & practices behind traditional Chinese medicine & that the Wudang style, originating from the Wudang Mountains, is the earliest known style. But, wherever Tai Chi came from, we can now all benefit from its practice.
There are so many layers, angles & tangents to Tai Chi, its hard to know where to begin in describing this wonderful art. From the outside, it looks like a slow dance with some kung fu moves thrown in &, I guess, its easy to assume that it wouldnt take much to learn. Well Some parts of Tai Chi are easy to learn but, like anything worth learning, its worth learning well & this takes time.
Tai Chi is a journey that takes a winding path (the scenic route) from body & movement, to mind & thought, through to spirit & essence. Its a personal choice as to how in-depth your practice becomes. To debunk a myth Tai Chi is not a religion. People of all religious persuasions or none, practice Tai Chi. Its purpose is to enhance & improve your well-being, giving you the fitness & clarity to live your life as you choose. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) & western medicine are worlds apart in their approach to our health. Yet, they are each coming to recognise the place of the other in the prevention & cure of our illnesses, both in body & mind. This cross-pollination sees western medical practices being used across Asia while your local GP will recommend tai chi as a means to improve your physical & mental health.
Tai Chi is a beautiful combination of the self defence applications from Kung Fu and the TCM practice of Qigong. In China, Tai Chi is regarded as the highest form of all martial arts. It is important that both these aspects the martial intent & the healing flow - are honoured when learning Tai Chi. Without the martial aspect, the movements have no purpose or intent. Your practice will be empty while you wave your arms around in pretty flourishes and move your legs with no knowledge of grounding. On the other hand, if we ignore, & thus block, the flow of energy through our bodies & our focus is only concerned with defending an external attack, we lose the healing benefits of the art.
So before you start, ask for details on how tai chi is taught in the class. Make sure you are happy with the answers. Class content is as important as cost, clothing & footwear.
Then, once you start, keep going. One class will show you only so much. It may be too little. It may be overwhelming. Either way, it will not be enough to pass judgement! So, after your first class, go back. When you are no longer worried by the newness of the place, the teacher & the other students, you will be able to concentrate on yourself & how to do the moves. One of the first lessons you learn in Tai Chi is to have patience with yourself, to slow down & give yourself time to learn
How to learn and use Wudang Tai Chi
Tai Chi takes time and patience to learn. There are 3 stages of progression and each stage is reached at the players own pace.
First is learning the physical form of the routine. This involves exercising the body developing coordination, fitness, strength and flexibility. At this stage, attention is focused on the shape & direction of each move - the position of the torso, the hands, legs, feet; the pathway of the movements; and learning to breathe naturally and calmly as each move is performed. This is the foundation of your tai chi practice and usually takes up to a year to complete.
Second is developing and recognising the flow of chi through your body within each movement. This will be developing naturally as you are learning the physical form but time is also required to focus on this aspect to ensure its full and correct practice.
At the third stage, your aim is to be completely and naturally absorbed in practice. Your physical movements will be automatic. Your mind will be still, aware only of the present; while your spirit settles calmly, enjoying the peace that comes from mind and body flowing in unison.
Who can learn?
Anyone Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and all stages of life. Everyone - children, teenagers, young and older adults - at all levels of fitness, will benefit from learning and practicing Tai Chi. All that is required is patience with yourself, giving yourself time to practice and use what you have learnt in class, gradually building your fitness, your strength and your flexibility. We all grow and learn at varying rates, and so will our tai chi develop. You will gain from tai chi whatever you are willing to put in.
Each class begins with a set of warm-up exercises and light stretches before a set of leg strengthening drills. We spend some time in meditation before learning and practising the next moves of the tai chi form. At the end of class, we use the warmth generated to do some more stretching and cool down exercises; and then a little more meditation to settle our chi before we head back out into the world.
Morning Tai Chi classes are held from 9:30 to 11:00 in Upwey on Mondays and Fridays.
Morning Qigong classes are held from 11:15 to 12:15 in Upwey on Mondays and Fridays.
Evening classes are held in Silvan from 7:00 to 8:30pm on Mondays, in Upwey on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30pm (Advanced classes) & in Belgrave on Thursdays - beginners from 6:00 til 7:00pm, intermediate from 7:00 to 8:30pm
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Please call Su on 0437 949 919 for further information and to book your class time.
Additional workshops and classes are also scheduled at regular intervals. Please check times and locations at www.facebook.com/chigeneration
Classes are held at the following locations:
Upwey Community Hall, 1443 Burwood Hwy, Upwey
Silvan Primary School, Monbulk Road, Silvan
St Thomas Mores Parish School, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Please check Term 2 2019 Timetable for days and times