Chen Tai Chi
Movement and Stillness for Life-Long Health
Encouraging Daily Practice of the Classical Chinese Arts
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 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 the article 'This isn't your grandmother's Tai Chi' about Chen style. This webpage is courtesy of Brisbane Tai Chi and provides the best visual graphic explanation of the principles of Chen Tai Chi: www.brisbanechentaichi.weebly.com/skill-knowledge
Expansion/compression of joints - Loosen the joint space - Lengthen the connective tissue - Soften and release muscular tension - Relaxation of the nervous system - Align the posture and structure - Whole body coordination - Focused concentration - Mind intent - Develop body sensitivity - Diaphragmatic breathing - Balance Yin Yang in the body - Healthy distraction - Focus on the present - Strengthen the body through integrated and appropriate muscle contraction - Develop balance and stability - Improve knee and lower back health - Reduce strain on the body - Flush toxins - Learn a life long skill.
Instructor Nicola studies and teaches the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei. Her teachers have studied within the lineage or are lineage holders.
Our Chen Syllabus
Nicola helps students progress through the traditional principles of Chen style silk reeling and the empty hand forms, teaching through a hands-on method rather than ‘watch and follow‘. Lessons start with traditional Chen warm up exercises that loosen every major joint in the body. Next a Qigong breathing session, focusing on relaxation, softening the body, lowering the heart rate and slowing the breath. Progressing to ‘Standing Practice’ (Zhan Zhuang), a static Qigong posture as a meditation and stillness exercise. Moving onto Silk Reeling Drills, the signature movement of Chen style and then the main content of her lessons covers the empty hand form.