T'ai chi chuan: beginners

Course Dates: 19/09/19 - 12/12/19
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Benefit from the gentle, graceful movements of this ancient health and martial art. Beginners learn T'ai Chi foundational sequences and postures. Develop a clear grounding, developing personal practice, enabling proper realisation of benefits.


What is the course about?

You will learn a sequence of movements from a Tai Chi short form and Chi Kung, exercises that will empower you to calm your emotions, relax your body and create a more peaceful state of mind. Richard Chipping teaches the Yang family style long form T'ai Chi Chuan.

What will we cover?

The course will cover movements of the Tai Chi short form. Additional warms up and Chi Kung exercises will be introduced.

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

-Perform part of a T’ai Chi Yang short form with accuracy.
-Demonstrate smooth, steady, even movement
-Perform loosening-up exercises and some Chi Kung movements
-Experience a more relaxed body and a quieter mind after practice.

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

Beginners' level.

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.


To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, 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?

You will be taught through demonstration of the specific movements and active participation within a class setting. The course tutor will give instruction during the class to enhance and develop your practice. Handouts will also be given out in some of the classes.

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 Chi Kung and relaxation.

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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Take this class. It's amazing. The teacher is excellent, super chilled and very knowledgable. Am revelling in the positive energy and am learning to reducate my body (and mind) into better postures and practices. Absolutely five stars.
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Review by Sas / (Posted on 18/07/2019)
Great course. Helps with ones balance. Teacher warm, patient. fun and knowledgeable
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Course Code: FTC61

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Thu, eve, 19 Sep - 12 Dec '19

Duration: 13 sessions (over 13 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £129.00

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