About Chen Tai Chi
Chen style Tai Chi is an internal martial art, slowly moving the body in a relaxed yet powerful way, using coiling and spiralling movements to aid all round health and wellbeing. Chen style originated from Chen Village (Chen Jia Gou) in China. View over the following webpage to find out more about the historical lineage of Chen style Tai Chi. Read this article discussing the movements in Chen style titled “This isn’t your grandmother’s Tai Chi”.
Historical Class Information
From October 2010 to December 2015, instructor Nicola taught Chen Taiji drop-in classes, study courses and weekend workshops in Dublin, Ireland and Horsham, Crawley and Worthing in West Sussex. Her classes followed the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei:
- Chen Foundations
- Chen Five Elements (Mini Form 5 Moves)
- Chen Four Corners (Mini Form 5 Moves Repeated)
- Chen 18 Form (Short Form 18 Moves)
- Chen Laojia Yilu (Old Frame First Routine – Long Form 74 Moves)
Nicola’s Chen Tai Chi classes covered traditional Chen warm up exercises that loosen every major joint in the body. Followed by a Qigong breathing session, focusing on relaxation, softening the body, lowering the heart rate and slowing the breath. An important part of her lessons was ‘Standing Practice’ (Zhan Zhuang), a static Qigong posture as a meditation and stillness exercise. She also placed an emphasis on the foundations Silk Reeling Drills, the signature movement of Chen style as well as the empty hand form practice according to student level.