Our classes are open.
Whilst we continue to stream some of our classes, we are now teaching outdoors, at the Offchurch Sports Club; Indoors at the St Chad’s Centre in Bishops Tachbrook; and the Hanwell Community Centre, Banbury.
Whilst tai chi is relatively easy, we all have to start at the beginning. Our beginner’s class is designed with the absolute novice in mind.
It is gentle exercise and adapts to whatever level of fitness you currently have. Although it is ‘only gentle exercise’, it it will work your body and you will be amazed how quickly you notice a difference in your balance and flexibility.
Each class begins with Dharma Qigong, which dates back some 3000 years and comprises of gently tapping body parts to “wake up the body”.
We then do a gentle whole body warm up to loosen and invigorate your body.
This is followed by the Yang style 8 Movements and a selection of Qigong exercises (pronounced Chi Gong) and can be thought of as breathing exercises.
We will teach you had to breathe properly, relax, gently stretch your body, improve your balance and deal with the stress that life has dropped on you.
The class lasts for one hour. You’ll find the time flies and you will go home feeling more at peace with the world.
Once you have learnt the 8 Movements and can perform them to the require standard, Peter will present you with an 8 Movements certificate.
Once you have received your certificate for the 8 Movements you are entitled to learn the most popular tai chi movement world wide – the Yang Style 24 Movements, The class includes a Warm Up, the 8 Movements, the 24 Movements and various Qigong Movements.
The advanced class requires certification in both the 8 Movements and the 24 Movements prior to commencement.
The class centres on the Yang Style 48 Movements and the 42 Movements, also know as combination tai chi as it contains tai chi moves from each of the 5 recognised styles.
The class focuses on the Yang style tai chi sword, which consists of 56 Movements and the Chen Form sword, which has 18 Movements. There is a requirement that all sword students have received their 8 Movement certification prior to commencement.
Instructors are selected on their ability not only to perform the various movements but also on the willingness to help and mentor students. Classes are designed not only to improve their proficiency in tai chi but also their coaching ability and leads to Instructor Certification.
Classes are available for corporate clients to help employees deal with the stresses of daily lives. Clients include the NHS
Online zoom classes
Teaching online is not ideal, as it is difficult to give feed back and correct students. However, it does put everyone in the front row, so you can see the Instructor clearly. Additionally it means students that need to be shielding from the virus, can still practice and interact.
What other students have asked
Comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Note: I do not recommend skinny jeans.
Footwear depends on where the class is being held. For Indoor classes – Yoga socks work well or a ‘light trainer’. Thick soled shoes and ‘heals’ should be avoided.🙏
The first class is free, so you can see if you like tai chi and your Instructor. Subsequent class cost depends on the venue and time of the class.
It is always better to have a physical class, where the instructor can give you feed back and help you with the movements. However with online classes you are in the middle of the front row, so you can see what is going on and hear the relative instructions. Many students prefer online classes over ‘physical classes’ for this reason.
Yes, One on One coaching is available with Peter.