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Welcome to our taijiquan school

Have fun in a calm, vibrant, training environment; free from bullying, cliques and politics. The atmosphere is friendly and stimulating. Individual progress is important to us.
We have a detailed taijiquan syllabus in place in order to optimise the learning experience. Both of our instructors are registered with The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
The senior instructor has been practicing since 1975, teaching since 1995.



What is tai chi?


According to The Journal of Asian Martial Arts, when people say 'tai chi' they typically mean a simplified version of tai chi for health. Hardly any classes in the world teach taijiquan - the martial art.
 

Not all tai chi is equal. Just as there are different models of cars, makes of computers and universities of varying calibres, so too are there different kinds of tai chi.

(Bruce Frantzis)
 

Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)

Taijiquan is an ancient martial art based upon ancient Chinese knowledge, biomechanics and the yin/yang principle. Some of the training methods are slow, but many are not.
Authentic taijiquan practice follows specific guidelines. It is fascinating, fun and mentally stimulating. Taijiquan teaches powerful, functional skills, along with an in-depth philosophical background.


Yang style

Newcastle Tai Chi explores an advanced version of Yang style taijiquan. The detailed syllabus has 13 areas of study, and includes:

Neigong (whole-body strength)
Form (whole-body movement)
Jing (whole-body power) 
Chin na (seizing)
Shuai jiao (take downs)
Weapons
Kung fu (martial skill)
Self defence
The Taijiquan Classics
The essence of the art

 

Tai chi for health & fitness

Tai chi for health is a popular form of movement-based exercise derived from taijiquan. The art requires low effort. No sweating. No exertion. No taxing the body.
Tai chi for fitness involves cross-training tai chi for moderate, varied exercise. The training incorporates qigong, core strength, psoas work, leg stretches and Taoist Yoga.

 

5000 years of Chinese culture and history is somehow woven into the lethal beauty of Sifu Waller's art.

(Graham)
 

Qigong

Students always start by learning qigong first.
The simple qigong exercises build strength, improve coordination and exercise the body. After a session you feel at ease, energised and comfortable.
Discover a variety of exercises designed to cultivate the flow of blood and oxygen around the body, as well as release tension within the muscles. Qigong helps people relax and unwind.


Preventative healthcare

Although many modern people seek to use tai chi as a means of curing illness, this is not where its strength lies. Tai chi is best employed whilst healthy, not sick.
When a healthy person does tai chi they are more apt to remain healthy. It takes far less effort to prevent something than to cure it...
 

     


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Website designed, built and written by Sifu & Rachel Waller
Page created 3 November 1995
Last updated 19 July 2021
 
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