Chen Tai Chi Four Corners

Chen Tai Chi is a powerful internal martial art that combines silk reeling energy spiralling movements and low stances with deep breathing, mind intent and martial spirit.

The Chen Five Elements

New beginner students in Chen style Tai Chi learn foundation exercises and the first five movements of the Laojia Yi Lu form (known as the Chen 5 Elements).

1. Preparing form
2. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pound's Mortar
3. Lazy about Tying Coat
4. 6 Sealings and 4 Closings
5. Single Whip

The Chen Four Corners

The five elements mini form can be joined together with a transition movement that changes the orientation you face after each set of five movements to create an everlasting form. Sometimes called facing the 'Four Directions', also known as the 'Four Corners'.  Covering the following movements:

  1. Opening Posture
  2. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
  3. Lazy Tying Coat
  4. Six Sealing Four Closing
  5. Single Whip
  6. Transition turn to the left 90 degrees and step up
  7. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
  8. Lazy Tying Coat
  9. Six Sealing Four Closing
  10. Single Whip
  11. Transition turn and step up to the left (facing rear)
  12. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
  13. Lazy Tying Coat
  14. Six Sealing Four Closing
  15. Single Whip
  16. Transition turn to the left 90 degrees and step up
  17. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
  18. Lazy Tying Coat
  19. Six Sealing Four Closing
  20. Single Whip
  21. Transition turn to the left 90 degrees and step up
  22. Close form - or go round again

Live Online Chen Tai Chi

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 Skype and/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. Learn authentic healthy movements in your own home and join Nicola's community of students on a journey to improved health and wellbeing.

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.