T'ai Chi: intermediate

Course Dates: 17/01/19 - 11/04/19
Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Practise the gentle, graceful movements of this ancient oriental art at a deeper level. Learn and benefit from long sequences to calm body and mind. Designed for students with some experience of T'ai Chi.


What is the course about?

You will learn a sequence of movements from Yang family-style long-form T'ai Chi Chuan (TCC) syllabus including Push Hands, Da Lu, application and Chi Kung, exercises that will enable you to calm and relax your body-mind. Improve, co-ordinate and integrate your whole body power and intent for health well-being and application. As an intermediate course some background in Yang style TCC is expected, though the focus will be on teaching to the individual so varying levels can be positively accommodated and some time will be spent on form correction and improvement.

What will we cover?

- T'ai Chi Chuan - using the long form as a foundation to practice
- Push Hands and Da Lu
- Chi Kung
- Application
- Taoist stretching
- Warm up exercises
- Meditation and TCC principles.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Adequately perform movements from the T'ai Chi Yang long form, Push Hands and Da Lu practice
- Demonstrate using solo and partner testing of posture and application to improve health, well-being and practice
- Perform loosening-up, stretching and some Chi Kung movements
- Be able to improve personal practice health and well-being by understanding and utilising TCC principles and practice.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable for those with some TCC experience, especially of Yang-style long form. Previous students of shorter forms will also benefit from improved understanding of the original authentic and much more comprehensive practice from which their ’shorter’ forms were abstracted and derived. You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.

If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.

- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstrations, verbal direction and explanation, physical correction, group and individual practice.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You should wear loose comfortable clothing. Certain books and video/DVD will be recommended.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue next term and/or enrol on Build's Chi Kung and Relaxation course.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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I find the sessions overall work very well for me. There is a good balance between class work, pair work and individual work and space to question and discuss rather than simply learn the form in a mechanistic way. The tutor's approach is rigorous, detailed and leads to in-depth learning. Most importantly for me, he always explains the rationale for each move and posture, why it is best done in a certain way and what the health benefits are.

I have been taught Tai Chi badly elsewhere and the difference is profound. My posture, balance, flexibility, movement and capacity to relax my back and shoulders have all improved.

My understanding of how to access and use my own energy has grown greatly.
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Review by JLM / (Posted on 14/11/2017)

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Course Code: FFC16

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Thu, day, 17 Jan - 11 Apr '19

Duration: 13 sessions (over 13 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £135.00
Concession: £115.00
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