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Wudang Pai Taiji GB

Taiji and Qi Gong – What's the difference?

which class is right for me?Qi Gong is just for health where Taiji is a martial art. We practise the martial aspects of Taiji gently, and they are not the main focus – we practise for health and personal development. However, the martial element is there. Both Taiji and Qi Gong involve cultivating your internal energy. Qi Gong promotes good health by making the qi of the five major organs balanced and sufficient. Taiji practise, which itself cultivates balanced qi, aims to take this qi and transform it into ‘powers’ which can be used martially. Due to the school’s teaching style, Qi Gong is slightly easier to learn than Taiji.

Wudang Qi Gong for Health

Qi Gong for healthThursdays @ the Fire Hall 6.30-8.00pm (£15/11.50)
This 90-minute class features a gentle warm-up with some stretching, breathing exercises, basic skills, and movements from  Wudang Five Element Qi Gong. Students start by learning how to move the body with the breath, and go on to feel and control their internal energy in a way that promotes mental stillness. Through simple movements, we aim to improve strength, mobility and peace of mind in all who come to study with us. Beginners are welcome at this class, and it is suitable for people of all health levels.

Wudang 36-Step Taiji

Tai ChiTuesdays @ Methodist Church 7-9pm (£20/15)
This two-hour class features a thorough stretch warm-up, standing stake, an exploration of Wudang basic skills and the 36-step secret transmission Wudang Taiji form. Through prolonged basic skills practise, students learn to feel their internal energy and develop a focussed awareness, which are then combined to create 'internal powers'. The 36-step Taiji form itself is dense and beautiful. We break each movement down into simple repeatable chunks which are drilled in a traditional style. Beginners are welcome at this class, and it is suitable for people of average health level and above.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Older Adults

Wudang SwordThursdays @ Core Clapton 11-11.45am (Pay What You Can Afford)
This class is designed for older adults, but people of all ages are welcome to come improve health and build internal energy at an older adult's pace. All movements in the class can be practised standing or seated, and students will be shown any adjustments required for the seated version. The warm-up is gentle with a little stretching, and each exercise is repeated frequently to allow it to sink into muscle memory. Students pay what they can afford for this class, it is open to beginners, and suitable for those with physical impairments. Photo by Mareike Günsche.

Wudang sword

Wudang SwordThe Wudang sword style is famous for its mix of fast and slow movements which make it exhilarating to practise. The sword becomes an extension of the body and mind, extending awareness as it teaches students how to transmit power over greater distances. This art form builds on empty-hand skills and should only be studied once students are proficient at the Wudang Taiji forms. At the school, students initially look at individual sword strokes before going on to study the Wudang Seven Star Sword Form. Attendance of this class is by invite only.

Weekend workshop

Wudang SwordOne Saturday per month @ Shellgrove Community Hall 10am-1pm and 3-5pm (£35/30 and £25/20)
These workshops usually take place one Saturday per month, with a 3-hour Taiji workshop taking place in the morning, and changing content in the afternoon. In the Taiji workshops for this year, we are looking at each of the Taiji powers in turn; how they are expressed in different Tai Chi forms, the applications, and which of the eight trigrams they correspond to. Options for the afternoon include Five Element Qi Gong, Wudang Special for body conditioning, and Wudang Sword. Please contactLucia to book your place.

Cost

Wudang Qi Gong for Health on Thursday evenings: FIRST CLASS IS FREE. Classes are 90 minutes long, and charged at a rate of £15 per class for a drop-in 90-minute class, or £50 for the monthly advance rate (works out to £11.50 per class on a calendar month basis).

Wudang 36-Step Taiji on Tuesday evenings: FIRST CLASS IS £10. Tuesday classes are 2 hours long, and are sold in term blocks of around 12 weeks. It costs £180 for a 12-week term, (which works out to £15 per class). Students unable to make a class within that term can attend a Thursday class for free. Alternatively, the pay as you go rate for Tuesdays is £20 per session.

Taiji and Qi Gong for Older Adults on Thursday mornings:: Pay what you can afford.

Weekend Workshops: The advance rate is £30 for three hours of Taiji in the morning, and £20 for the afternoon class which has changing content. The drop in rate is £35 and £25 respectively.

Concession rates are available for those on benefits and the low waged. Please contact Lucia for details.

Addresses

Tuesdays 36-step Taiji 7-9pm
Stoke Newington Methodist Church
106 Stoke Newington High St,
London, N16 7NY

Thursday Qi Gong 6.30-8pm
The Old Fire Station
61 Leswin Road
London, N16 7NX

Saturdays Taiji 10am-1pm and Afternoon Session 3-5pm
Shellgrove Community Hall
Shellgrove Road
London, N16 8UU

Thursday Taiji and Qi Gong for Older Adults 11-11.45am
Core Clapton
161 Northwold Road
London, E5 8RL