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Tai Chi 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 36-Step Tai Chi

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 for Mobility

Wudang SwordThursdays @ Core Clapton 11am-12pm (£1 see below)
13-step Wudang Tai Chi class for boosting energy and mobility in Clapton. The basic Tai Chi position is great for improving posture, while the soft, fluid movements mobilise joints and relax the mind. Each exercise is repeated frequently to allow it to sink into muscle memory. This class is open to beginners, and suitable for those with physical impairments – seats are available. Please inform Lucia of any health issues before the start of class so she can adjust the movements to suit your body.

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 contact Lucia to book your place.

Cost

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.

Tai Chi for Mobility on Thursday mornings: £1 for Hackney Residents.

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

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

Thursday Tai Chi for Mobility 11am-12pm
Core Clapton
161 Northwold Road
London, E5 8RL