Berkshire Tai Chi
Christmas Break dates can now be downloaded here.
Last week’s visit to Berkshire by Master Chen Yingjun, his 6th to date, was our most successful ever, with record numbers and superb instruction (as always). We had friends attending not just from around England but also further afield; from Bulgaria, Germany, and even Australia.
Our students really appreciate the opportunity to train regularly in the traditional way with an internationally-acclaimed Master whose own family developed Tai Chi Chuan over 350 years ago.
A new Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan has been scheduled to start on Thursday, 3rd January 2019, at 8 p.m. in Lower Earley.
This 9-week programme is now enrolling: please contact us for further details.
Starting on 8th November, an additional Chinese Exercise Class will open at 10 a.m. in Yateley Village Hall, Old School Lane, Yateley, GU46 6NG.
This is a Drop-in class which offers all the health benefits of a conventional Tai Chi class without the need to follow a lengthy syllabus or practise intensively between classes. There is no need to enrol in advance or commit to attending each week; just come along when you want to and join in.
Exercises are based around the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and related, centuries-old mind/body training patterns in order to cultivate energy and enhance general well-being.
Price: £5 per person per session. (20% off for all NHS employees upon presentation of a valid ID.)
From the South China Morning Post:
Traditional Chinese exercises such as tai chi may improve the health and well-being of those living with heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke, according to new research from the Shanghai University of Sport published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers reviewed 35 studies, including 2,249 participants from 10 countries, on the physical and psychological benefits of traditional Chinese exercises (most commonly tai chi and qigong). The researchers found, among participants with cardiovascular disease, Chinese exercises helped reduce systolic blood pressure (the top number) by more than 9.12 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by more than 5 mm Hg on average. They also found small, but statistically significant drops in the levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. Chinese exercises also seemed to improve quality of life and reduce depression in patients with cardiovascular disease. …….
Berkshire Tai Chi supports various charities whose aims are to improve the quality of life for local residents. One of these is the Woodland Trust and on Monday, 6th November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Trust will launch the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. We believe local people will benefit immensely from such an initiative, and the new charter will recognise, celebrate and protect this ancient connection between woodland and local people.
Be a part of this historic moment, sign the Tree Charter to show your support for its principles.
Berkshire Tai Chi has co-hosted Chen family master Chen Yingjun for several years on his trips to Berkshire, and we have now formalised the arrangement with our fellow organisers by setting up a dedicated organisation, Chen Seminars UK.
The aims of Chen Seminars UK are to promote Chen style Tai Chi Chuan across the United Kingdom; to make world class teaching by established, internationally-acclaimed Masters available to students from within the United Kingdom and beyond, and to foster international study links between the United Kingdom and sister organisations around the world.
A representative of Berkshire Tai Chi sits on the managing Committee of Chen Seminars UK .