The classes are structured .
1. Quieten the mind.
2. 5 loosening exercises
3. Short Form
5. Gentle meditation.
The Form ; central to all styles of Taiji is the Form.
Once the initial choreography of the postures has be learnt , the more subltle sequential, internal changes can be added.
The form we practice is the 37 posture Cheng man Ching form
Since early Tai Chi records began, there has always been an attention to developing internal forces through the process of relaxtion. Training methods may vary although the goal is the same......to acheive a force created by relaxing and sinking .
This process seems to have been dismissed by many leaving the practice of Tai Chi empty of its original qualities.
A quote from renowned teacher Wee Kee Jin..." like having a car but without an engine..." it may look great from the outside, but there is nothing to drive it,
Tai Chi has physical and mental benefits just from lightly learning the form and a few exercises , usually just practiced for health benefits or some esoteric reasons. This is fine on one level but distinctly lacking its original essence.
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