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Walton on Thames Tai Chi & Qi Gong

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Walton on Thames Class:

Kevin Mullins My name is Kevin Mullins and I am a Franchise instructor for the Hine Tai Chi Schools Ltd. I have been training with Master John Hine for over 20 years, assist him at his seminars, and help teach the Hsing Yi class. In normal life I am a chartered Civil Engineer working in the City. I started Tai Chi with a group of friends because of the balance that is required between strength and grace. I love studying and practicing Tai Chi because it is as much a mental exercise as a physical one.

Croydon Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Croydon Instructors Bea, Sarah, Siu & Adam

 

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Do you want to?

  • Build your Wellbeing and Feel Good?
  • Make Stress a thing of the past and Take Control of Your Life?
  • Build your Immune System and Feel Better All Around?
  • You need to come and learn Tai Chi & Qigong at our class

Come along to the friendly class- Make new friends and learn amazing things! Come for our Free taster Class Sign Up Now (link)  Senior instructors personally chosen by Chief Instructor Master John Hine , Hon President and a founder member of the tai Chi Union for Great Britain  We have been teaching Tai Chi and Qigong in Croydon for over 25 years for people just like you. Benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong.   Research from around the world has demonstrated that Tai Chi & Qigong can;

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Bromley Tai Chi & Qi Gong

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The instructor at Bromley is Siu Hine, who is a very senior instructor of the institute. It is unusual to have such a high ranking instructor in a local club. Siu has been training over twenty years with Master Hine and teaches at his advanced students. In addition she also helps run master Hine’s seminars and workshops too.

  • Build your Wellbeing and Feel Good?
  • Reduce Stress and Feel Relaxed and Calm in all situations?
  • Strengthen your Mind and Body -Feel Better All Around?
  • Come and learn Tai Chi & Qigong at our class

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History of Tai Chi

The founder of Tai Chi is historically a Taoist monk called Chan Sang Feng, who lived in China during  thev13th century.

He was reputedly a great master of the Shaolin Martial Art, and a former Buddhist Monk.

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It is said that he was not happy with the hard straight oriented techniques of Shaolin, and wished to use a softer methods in training.

One day while resting on the veranda, he watched in fascination a battle between a large bird and a snake. The bird was ten times the snakes size but as the bird lunged and snapped at the snake, the wily reptile, coiled, dodged, and lashed attacks back at its giant foe.

Eventually the bird gave up in exhaustion and flew off in search of easier prey. It is said at that moment Tai Chi was invented.

Chan San Feng combined the softness of the snake, with his profound martial art skill, and Tai Chi Chuan was born.

The next five centuries are shrouded in mystery. It was not until the 18th century when a man called Chen Chang Hsing was teaching the then secret art of Chen Tai Chi to his relatives, that history becomes clearer.

A man called Yang Lu Chan, who was employed as a servant by the Chens, had been secretly watching, and learning their art. Already a skilled martial artist, Yang had learned their art very well, and when it was discovered, Chen Chang Hsing was so impressed he allowed him to learn the whole system.

It was from this moment the Yang Style of Tai Chi was born.

Yang Lu Chan became very famous over the years, and was asked to teach the Chinese Royal Family who ordered him not to teach anyone but themselves and family members. In secret, Yang disobeyed and taught many students. Yang Lu Chan passed his art to his two sons Yang Pan Hou and Yang Chien Hou.

But it was Master Yang Cheng Fu, son of Yang Chien Hou, who revolutionised the art.

He wanted the ordinary people to gain good health, both mental and physical from practising Tai Chi. He modified the art making it simpler, and more straight forward, and emphasised the health giving qualities more than the martial arts aspects.

 

The art spread across the whole of China, and through the teachers that followed Yang Chen Fu to other parts of the world.

Today Tai Chi is thought of as a health art for all ages, rather than a martial art, although a few schools teach the original Tai Chi Martial Art.

From the teaching of Yang Cheng Fu many styles of Tai Chi were born.
Apart from the Yang and Chen styles already mentioned, there is the Wu, Sun, Woo Chien Chuen, Chen Man Ching and many varieties of these styles.

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