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anabel one of our younger tai chi enthusiasts
showing the importance of the smile
in the tai Chi form

anabel's stance is a little wide,
but she assures me this is due to nappy problems
rather than faulty instruction

 


 

 

 

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TAI CHI CHI KUNG

We learn, or deepen our appreciation of, our Iron Shirt Structure. 
Each of us will discover our own individual, perfect, skeletal structure.
We will root our structure deep into the earth and move it
with power and grace through the Tai Chi Chi Kung Form.

The classical Tai Chi Chuan form has 13 movements, 
made up of 8 techniques and 5 directions. 
These are: Ward off, Rollback, Press, Push, Pull down, Elbow, Shoulder, Split, 
North, South, West, East and Centre.

The Tai Chi Chi Kung form, is much shorter than Tai Chi Chuan 
but still contains the eight techniques, flowing through the 5 directions.
It is practiced clockwise and counter clockwise within a small space.
This is a very special ceremonial form that is an excellent exercise and learning tool 
for those who are interested in a short, compact, but challenging form of Internal Tai Chi Chuan.

The form is very short and easy to learn, 
which enables us to focus on the inner structure and energetic movement.
Although it can take less than a day to learn the form,
a lifetime can be spent exploring its depth.

During the weekend we learn many simple but profound techniques that we integrate into the form. 
We play with several Tendon QiGong forms to activate and gently stretch and grow the tendons. 
Throughout the form we use tendons rather than muscles to hold and move the structure 
and more and more we move the structure through just the bones. 
We use Deep Breathing techniques to activate and energise the Lower Dan Tien
and develop it as the control centre for the form.

The form activates the Microcosmic Orbit, the bodies main front & back channels, 
we deepen our awareness and appreciation of this with meditation and movement,
connecting our dragon meridians with the earths dragon meridians.
We learn the importance of developing Lumbar and Psoas Power 
and the techniques that can transform one of the bodies weakest areas, 
into a centre of power, uniting our upper body with our hips and legs.

We bring focused awareness and consciousness to our breathing, 
sinking the life force into the kidneys our source of vitality.
We learn Bone Breathing to bring more density and awareness 
into our bones and to revitalise our bone marrow.
We resonate unconditional love and gratitude into all dimensions of our
inner and outer landscape bringing harmony to the dragon lines.


 

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