Tai Chi (Short) Form Intensive & Pushing Hands
Tai Chi (Short) Form Intensive 10am – 1pm £25
The Tai Chi Form is at the heart of the movement practice that is Tai Chi.
It’s where you release unwanted tensions, develop strength in your legs and flexibility in your body.
You learn to move with poise, grace and balance; you learn about body alignment and frame extension; postural integration and whole body energy; how to release particular muscle groups and the unwanted tensions that may be held there; how to use minimum effort for maximum efficiency; how to bring your body and your mind together.
If you are familiar with parts of or the complete Dr. Chi/Cheng Man Ching Short Form then you are most welcome to come to a study day or two. It’s guaranteed to take you and your practice further.
In the workshops any parts of the tai chi form sequence may be studied and worked using posture sequence, principles of movement and awareness and often with reference to application to life and application as a set martial art move or posture.
Pushing Hands 2-4pm £18
“You can find out more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato
Plato sums it up pretty well there, dont you think? Bearing in mind, of course, that the person you’re finding out about is yourself as much as ‘the other’. That’s Pushing Hands in a nutshell!
Out of the nutshell, Pushing Hands is a term given to describe a whole range of partner exercises, both choreographed and freestyle and based on the martial art that is Tai Chi Chuan. These exercises, based on principles of softening, yielding, listening and following encourage you to respond to situations creatively and along the way find out a bit more about yourself.
If you think about how much of your life is in relationship – conversations, emails, texts, phone calls, as well as more intimate relationships, then you realise that a lot of your life-time is about relating. Pushing Hands gives us a way of exploring all of this.
You start by simply listening to the contact with another person and to the information that the contact gives you. You develop your sensitivity and ability to respond as well as your sense of grounding and resilience.
Based on the idea of ‘yielding’ like a reed in the wind, you learn to listen, through the touch, to follow what is happening and create out of that. You don’t respond to what you think might happen or what, perhaps, you want to happen; just simply what is. It’s nice and profound; intriguing and fun.
Newcomers and more experienced players are all welcome.