Workshop : Sat 16 Mar 10am to 1pm
Everyone is welcome.
Wesley Centre Common Area
corner National Circuit & Fitzroy Street, Forrest
behind the Rydges Hotel
Enter through the main entrance of the building in the car park.
$120- (GST included)
Bookings are essential.
Phone 6296 1357 or use our online payment facility now – the fast and efficient way to enrol.
Please pay the workshop fee to confirm your booking.
We welcome payment by credit card – M/C, visa, Amex.
When you first begin learning Tai Chi, you are dealing with an ancient art steeped in traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist philosophy and martial practices. The movements appear abstract. Students don’t have a conceptual framework for understanding Tai Chi, except that it is a bunch of slow movements.
True, it’s not easy to make sense of all of this. Precisely, for this reason, we have designed this workshop to help clarify what you are learning. Then, you will understand clearly the reasons for not lifting the foot when transferring weight and turning the waist, for keeping the body alignment, for the shoulder, elbow and wrist of the arm to be in a certain relationship, etc. Once you know, you will be able to avoid common mistakes and keep your movements on track and thus, receive the wonderful benefits which made Tai Chi famous.
Your Tai Chi form is designed to strengthen and improve the overall functioning of the body, mind and spirit. There are certain important principles which are in all the movements. In this workshop, Chief Instructor Brett Wagland will explain the principles and introduce specific body mechanics testing which will enable you to feel what is right.
Workshop Content :
Correct Postural Alignment
- to avoid back issues in everyday life
- to be able to transfer pressure from the upper body to the lower body, and eventually to the ground
- to improve coordination
Relaxation and Sinking the Qi (Energy)
- good posture without relaxation will not develop a supple body
- use only the appropriate amount of strength to hold the body in a certain position
- this avoids being top heavy; it enables you to be more centred physically and mentally
- feet take roots in the ground and upper body feels relaxed like the branches and leaves of a tree
- it increases body awareness, enabling you to feel different parts of the body more clearly
Explore and Experience the 4 Major Energies of Tai Chi
- express these different types of refined strength in movements: ward off, roll back, press and push
- develop the balance between hard and soft so we can combine sensitivity and strength
- learn how to adjust to changes and deal with a greater force using the principle of yielding
When a hard object meets another hard object, both will be damaged. On the other hand, if it meets a rubber ball or a spring, its force will be absorbed and no damage will occur.
Stand like a Mountain and Flow like a River
- standing teaches you to quiet the mind and build energy
- flowing like a river refers to the smooth connection between movements
- coordination of the whole body in which the waist plays a vital role is involved
Tai Chi Classics: "The power is released from the foot and controlled by the waist and expressed through the hands."
Meaning of the Movements
- seeing how a movement is used to deflect an attack really helps to make things clear
- shows how all the principles come together in a movement
- gives you greater clarity as to why a movement is done in a certain way
- makes it easier to remember the movements
- enables you to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the ingenuity of Tai Chi
As well as being an eye-opener and enjoyable, the workshop will elevate your understanding and bring you greater benefits on your Tai Chi journey!