Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi?

Sun Style Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is one of the five styles recognised  by the Government of China as the main classical styles, the others being the Chen, Yang, Wu and Hao.

The Sun Style was developed by Sun Lutang by building on the previous classical Tai Chi styles using his vast knowledge of other internal Chinese martial arts to produce the ultimate or last of the five classical Tai Chi styles. The Sun Style differs from the previous classical styles particularly in the more upright posture and easier flowing shorter stepping movements.

History

 Tai Chi is one of the best known martial arts of the Internal systems from ancient China. Based on Qigong and martial art techniques from thousands of years ago.   Sun style is the youngest of the major styles. It was created by Sun Lu-tang (1861-1932). Sun was a well-known exponent of the Xingyiquan and Baguaquan (two famous internal martial art styles) before he learned Tai Chi. 

How does it work?

The essential principles of Tai Chi are based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, which stresses the natural balance in all things and the need for living in spiritual and physical accord with the patterns of nature. According to this philosophy, everything is composed of two opposite, but entirely complementary, elements of yin and yang, working in a relationship which is in perpetual balance. Tai Chi consists of exercises equally balanced between yin and yang, which is why it is so remarkably effective. 

Benefits

Benefits of tai chi are said to include:

  • The reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Enhancement of mood, both in healthy people and in those with chronic conditions.
  • Better mood, with lower levels of depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength
  • More energy and stamina
  • Enhanced flexibility, balance, and agility
  • Lower blood pressure and improved heart health
  • Reduced Inflammation from arthritis
  • Fewer falls.
  • Better sleep quality and an enhanced immune system.

What does it involve?

The unique Qigong in Sun style brings great internal power, like water in the river, beneath the calm surface there is immense power within the current. This power is especially effective for healing and relaxation; its higher stances make it easier for older people to learn. It is also compact, not requiring a large space in which to practice. Sun has so much depth that it holds learners' interest as they progress.

The flow of Qi is an enjoyable feeling that a practitioner acquires more quickly from learning this style.

FAQs

  • Can anyone do Tai Chi?
  • Yes, it is easy to do for both young and old alike and those with poor health and even disabilities
  • What should I wear?
  • Any loose fitting clothes and a pair of trainers or pumps you wouldn't normally wear outside
  • Do you run classes in Tai Chi?
  • Not currently, but we are looking into it for the near future
  • I have health problems like arthritis, high blood pressure and/or diabetes, can I still take part?
  • The sun style of Tai Chi we teach is perfect for those with the conditions mentioned
  • I don't want to study a martial art?
  • The Sun style has been developed from a martial art, but adapted to concentrate on the health and healing aspects