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. Here at Earth Balance Tai Chi we follow the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei.
Chen Style Health Benefits
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
These preparatory exercises are an introduction to Chen style Tai Chi. They are easy to learn, symmetrical and repetitive, giving the student a good basic understanding of what makes a movement a ‘Tai Chi’ and the philosophy behind Chen style. These practices help the student develop the and improve their physical alignment, using the Tai Chi anatomy principles to guide their body into a new pattern. Both stillness and movement practices are trained combining posture with breathing and an increased physical awareness. Suitable for anyone of any age, these movements are non-impact, slow, powerful and gentle on the body.
- Chen style Tai Chi warm ups
- Qi Gong breathing
- Standing meditation
- Standing postures
- Silk reeling energy
- Basic Chen style Tai Chi movements
- Chen five elements & Chen four corners
Some resources for the foundation movements:
- Tai Chi knee alignment
- Importance of silk reeling exercises
- Nick Gudge’s Articles on Chen style Tai Chi
- Master Wang Hai Jun’s articles on Chen style Tai Chi
- Grand Master Chen Zhenglei’s articles on Chen style Tai Chi
Join us in Newport town centre on the Isle of Wight, for a drop-in Tai Chi and Qigong classes for all levels and abilities. Suited to the casual learner, there is no need to book, 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. This type of casualy study covers the foundation movements and Chen Tai Chi and Qigong for health routines. 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 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.