Historical Class Information
From October 2010 to December 2015, instructor Nicola taught Chen Taiji drop-in classes, study courses and weekend workshops in Dublin, Ireland and Horsham, Crawley and Worthing in West Sussex. Her classes followed the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei:
- Chen Foundations
- Chen Five Elements (Mini Form 5 Moves)
- Chen Four Corners (Mini Form 5 Moves Repeated)
- Chen 18 Form (Short Form 18 Moves)
- Chen Laojia Yilu (Old Frame First Routine – Long Form 74 Moves)
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 all round 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 this article discussing the movements in Chen style titled “This isn’t your grandmother’s 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.