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Tai Chi - In Centre

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Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Mixed Level
20:00 - 21:00
10 weeks

This is a partnership course delivered by Barry Phelan of Wugong Academy. The 4 most popular family styles of Tai Chi are Yang, Chen, Wu, and Sun. There are also Chi gong (energy work) and Dao Yin, which is a series of Chi Gong exercises specifically for different parts of the body; the heart, lungs, kidneys as well as routines for general well being. The tutor will draw on all these styles, as appropriate, during the course, so that it is suitable for both beginners and returners to Tai Chi, maximizing the health and relaxation benefits this discipline has.
Tai Chi is a combination of relaxation and toning exercises, promoting harmony and health, balancing the mind, body and spirit. The movements are slow and deliberate and together can help to improve mental and physical wellbeing. Your tutor will explain the benefits of Tai Chi and how you can apply them to your daily life. You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group. Although there is no specific work set outside of the class, students will gain most benefit if Tai Chi is performed regularly and practised between classes. By the end of this course you should be able to:

• Demonstrate part of a form using correct alignment
• Identify the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice
• Demonstrate Tai Chi relaxation methods.

There is limited parking on site, but there is a public car park nearby and on-street parking.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by a qualified and experienced Tai Chi tutor. Teaching methods will include demonstration, explanation, discussion and times for question and answer sessions. Your tutor will demonstrate movements and talk you through all sequences. You will be carefully observed to ensure that you are working safely and be encouraged to monitor and record your progression on the course.
To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise you will be asked to complete a Confidential Health Questionnaire. The tutor will feed back progress individually and to the group.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please read the following information carefully. You may be advised not to take part if you are not dressed appropriately. You will need supportive, comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement. Denim jeans, formal trousers, skirts or dresses are not suitable for this activity. You should wear shoes with a soft sole. Sandals, boots or any footwear with a high heel are not suitable.
Please bring water and avoid eating one and a half hours prior to exercising.

What can I do next?

Specialist advice is available from your tutor to help identify the next suitable course for you. Alternatively visit our website

What do I need to join the course

No prior knowledge or experience is required.
This course is designed for people who have an interest in Tai Chi or Martial Art forms and very little or no experience. The course will enable students to deepen their understanding of this form of exercise, which comprises slow gentle movements in a standing position. It is suitable for those who are interested in the health benefits of this discipline. We advise anyone with a pre-existing medical condition to seek advice from their GP before exercising.
Please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in this class.

- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Back or knee

If you have a disability and think it may affect your learning in the classroom, or using any of our other services, please speak to us in confidence as soon as possible. We will discuss options with you and do our best to provide the support you would like.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/114154/K/NC.