Movement and Stillness for Life-Long Health
Encouraging Daily Practice of the Classical Chinese Arts
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 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 lengthy article gives the best visual graphic explanation of the principles of Chen Tai Chi: www.brisbanechentaichi.weebly.com/skill-knowledge
Expansion/compression of joints – Coiling of soft tissue
Lengthening connective tissue – Softening muscles
Relax the nervous system – Posture and structure
Whole body coordination – Focused concentration
Uninterrupted circular motion – Being present in the moment
Diaphragm breathing – Balance Yin Yang in the body
Follow the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei.
- Zhan Zhaung – Standing practice.
- Chen Foundations – The principles of Chen Tai Chi for beginners covering silk reeling exercises, Tai Chi stances and foundation Chen Tai Chi movements. Suited to the absolute beginner with no experience.
- Chen Four Corners – A mini version of the form suitable for new beginners. This covers the first five movements, performing them to the four corners.
- Chen 18 Form – A beginner Tai Chi form covering the 18 movements as created by Grand Master Chen Zhenglei as a simplified Laojia 74 Form.
- Chen Laojia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Routine) – An intermediate Tai Chi Form with 74 movements in total.
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.
From September 2019 join us in Newport town centre on the Isle of Wight, for a drop-in Tai Chi and Qigong class for all levels and abilities. Suited to the casual learner, there is no need to book in advance, simply turn up on the day. Enjoy an hour of detoxing the body and calming the mind through dynamic relaxed spiralling movements in a friendly community class. These classes focus on healthy movement, they do not cover the Tai Chi form. Everyone is welcome to join no matter age, fitness level nor physical restriction. Visit the Newport class page for more info.
Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing Chen style Tai Chi with her students. Following the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei she provides live online private tuition using Zoom or Facebook video call. The types of live online lessons offered are Chen Tai Chi for previous students/those with experience and Hibernating Bear Tai Chi for students living with a different health base line from the norm. Join Nicola’s virtual classroom, teaching “from my home to yours”.
Private Tuition – Isle of Wight
Instructor Nicola teaches Chen style Tai Chi through one-to-one private tuition across the Isle of Wight. In this private lesson, Nicola will visit your home for an hour passing on traditional methods of Tai Chi training to help strengthen, energise and rejuvenate the mind and body. These lessons are yours to explore, working at your own pace and adapting to your needs, no matter of level or ability. Lessons will cover the foundation exercises and the Chen Tai Chi forms progressively. Visit this page to find out more.