Tai Chi for Beginners

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Learn Tai Chi and how to be active with our Sports and Fitness courses in Sydney.

Tai Chi combines soft, slow and firm movements to engage the body and mind to restore the balance of Yin Yang and Qi (life) energy to increase strength and energy, which will help improve your health and well being. Studies have also shown that Tai Chi can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance.

This course consists of 20 fundamental movements carefully organised to provide the core exercise for the beginners in Tai Chi. These fundamental movements are also known as the practices of “silk reeling” or “silk coiling” skills (pinyin chan-si) in Chen Style Tai Chi. This set of movements has been commonly practised among Tai Chi practitioners and has been selected and organised by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang to prepare for further forms in Tai Chi, such as the19 form or the Traditional Form One 83 moves.

The name, “silk coiling”, derives from the twisting and spiralling movements of the silkworm larva as it wraps itself in its cocoon, and to the metaphorical principle of “reeling the silk from a silk worm's cocoon”. There are six methods of winding silk energy: inner, outer, upper, lower, forward and backward. They are applied from anywhere on the body: the arms, legs, hips and waist, with the body moving continuously, with endless circularity, wrapped together like intertwined filaments of silk.

The practice of sinking reeling skills are not only beneficial in the harness of Qi energy, but on a more physical aspect, the improvement of body movements. With careful control in the body movements, the Tai Chi beginners can experience the adjustment in their core muscles as well as various related muscles for these movements. The strengthening of these core muscles would allow better postures and believed to relieve posture-induced neck, back, lower back pains, and possibly effective on migraines in various cases.

Course outcomes

  • Restore the balance of Yin Yang and Qi energy to help feel healthy.
  • Strengthens the vital energy.
  • Improves flexibility in the body.
  • Increases awareness of the surroundings.
  • Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases from an increase in blood circulation.
  • Relieves from stress.

Ideal for

All Ages and Abilities

Course Content

  • 20 Fundamental Tai Chi Exercises.
  • Breathing techniques in movements.
  • Core strength exercise derived from Tai Chi movements.
  • Introduction to Tai Chi 19 forms.

Please bring to class:

  • Comfortable, exercise clothing.
  • A bottle of water.
  • Small towel.

Rooftop tai chi!

In the warmer months, Tai Chi will be held on our large rooftop, which has a spectacular view of Rozelle rooftops, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney city skyline!

Please also make sure to bring the following in case this takes place (in addition to the list above)!

  • Please wear comfortable shoes – as the roof can get hot
  • Sunglasses and 30+ SPF sunscreen
  • A hat
  • At sunset it cools down – please make sure to bring a jumper

Please be aware that Rooftop Tai Chi is only accessible via a narrow stairwell and you need to watch your step going up and down from the roof.

In the case of bad weather, the classes will be moved back into the main hall downstairs.

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: "5 stars"

  • said: An excellent course offering useful relaxation and exercise strategies that can easily done at home. iMy record of attendance is not quite accurate. I had health issues preventing me from attending this past month but I was there at last class.

  • said: "Michael was a patient and enthusiastic teacher who led us carefully through the basics of Tai Chi, as an exercise regime, a pholosophy and a martial art. Good fun for all."

  • said: Five Stars

  • said: "5 Stars"

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