Chen style Tai Chi foundation exercises are for beginner Tai Chi students. The foundation exercises include;
- 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
These are preparatory exercises as an introduction to Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan. The range of Tai Chi Foundation exercises are true to the original Chen Style principles, and help the student experience similar health and wellbeing benefits. They are easy to learn, repetitive and give the student a good basis to study Chen style Tai Chi further. The foundation exercises also help the student understand the principle movement and philosophy behind Tai Chi. Suitable for anyone of any age, these movements are non-impact, slow, powerful and gentle on the body.
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
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.