Tai Chi Chuan

What is Tai Chi & Qi Gong?

Tai Chi Chuan has it's roots dating back over 500 years in China. Tai Chi stands for 'Supreme Ultimate' and Chuan 'fist or 'boxing'. Known as an internal martial art people often ask how it can it be classed as a martial art when the movements are slow and gently flowing. The martial aspect can be more apparent in external art styles, such as karate and judo, where the movements show physical strength, speed and agility. In Tai Chi the focus is on developing an awareness of the body's own subtle energy flow, or Qi and developing this flow along the acupuncture meridians.

Some of the main benefits of Tai Chi include:

  • Increased awareness of body mind integration
  • Stability and co ordination
  • Mobility of joints and flexibility of tendons
  • Calming the mind promoting better sleep and relaxation


The word Qi (or Chi) means life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong means 'energy work' or cultivating energy to promote good health.

This ancient Chinese exercise system aims to stimulate and balance the flow of qi along the acupuncture meridians, or energy pathways. Qigong is used to reduce stress, improve blood circulation, enhance immune function and treat a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi is a form of Qigong.

Please see my information page for dates and times of Tai Chi classes i'm running at the moment.