Tai Chi / Qigong (pronounced Chee Goong)
The Introductory course is held several times a year and runs for 6 weeks. This course introduces the new student to some basic ShiBaShi Qigong warmup exercises, some TaiChi walking exercises, and also commences training of the 18 Hands Lohan Qigong form.
This course is designed to prepare the new student for ongoing training in the regular Wednesday evening class where these exercises are expanded upon and revised to a higher level.The cost for the 6 week course is $90 and this is payable at commencement and is non-refundable, and hopefully students are then encouraged to attend regularly to get the most from the teaching.
ShiBaShi qigong is a set of basic exercises to relax the breathing and gently mobilise the joints and improve the balance. They are taught widely and are easy to follow without any previous qigong experience.
Tai Chi is a simple and effective health promoting exercise that is accessible to all ages and skill levels, and is beneficial for balance, arthritis, relaxation, and general health.
The Tai Chi taught in the regular class is based on the 24 movement TaiChi form which is widely practiced in China and internationally. Movements are slow, and regular revision allows students to perfect individual movements over time. For best results, practice of Taichi should become a part of a daily routine. Although easy to learn, perfection of this exercise can evolve over a lifetime.
Lohan Qigong is a traditional system of Qigong therapeutic exercises which could be described as a cross between TaiChi and Yoga. It is part of the Chan Family Shaolin ChoyLeeFut Kung Fu system, with its origins in the Shaolin Temple as far back as the 6th century AD. Traditionally only taught within the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut clan, this system of therapeutic exercises is quite unique and not widely available in comparison with Tai chi.
It is an effective health promoting exercise, combining stretching co-ordinated with the breathing, and is excellent for balance, stretching of the joints, building internal body strength, and for relaxation of the Mind. The 18 Lohan form is taught in the regular general class and the form's individual movements are periodically revised and perfected, along with the movements of the Tai Chi form.
More advanced students can then proceed to learning some of the higher level forms within the Lohan Qigong system.
The Lohan Qigong system has several other higher level forms including: