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Our school was founded in the early 90’s by Shelagh Grandpierre, an insightful and longstanding Tai Chi teacher with over 35 years experience.  We have...

Learning Authentic Tai Chi DVD

For new and current students of Tai Chi. From total beginners and those learning at home and for advanced students. Use as a learning aid for new...

Tai Chi Beginner's 6 Week Course

Starting Tuesday, 26th September 2017, 7-8pm International Community Centre, Nottingham Join our new Autumn Tai Chi 6 week Beginner's Course.  Come to...

Tai Chi Sword Workshop

Saturday November 4th, 1.15pm - 16.00pm International Community Centre, Nottingham City Centre

The Art of Qi Gong & Meditation

Sunday November 5th, 10.30am - 12.45pm International Community Centre, Nottingham City Centre

Yang Tai Chi Intensive Workshop

Saturday November 4th, 10.00am - 12.45pm International Community Centre, Nottingham City Centre

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The 10 Essences of Tai Chi

Within the heart of Yang Style Tai Chi are 10 principles; specific body and energy guidelines given by the Yang family that provide the master key to opening and bringing forth the deeper energy levels promised within all styles of Tai Chi. These were written down by Yang Chen Fu in the 1920’s.

The 10 Principles or Essences are:

 1. Lift the head to raise the spirit

 2. Sink the shoulders and elbows

 3. Loosen the chest and round the back

 4. Loosen the waist, line up the lower back and relax the Kua

 5. Understand the weight changes in the legs

 6. Co-ordinate upper and lower body

 7. Continuity in movement

 8. Unite internal intent and what the body is doing.

 9. Use mind not force

10. Experience stillness in motion and motion in stillness

 

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