Tutor: Julian Dear
Date: 23rd October 2021
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Tai chi and yoga have many similarities. Both are gentle, low-intensity exercises that have been practiced for hundreds of years. Both are good for your mind and body. Both can improve your balance, flexibility, strength, mobility, mood, quality of life, range of motion, reflexes, and thinking skills. They also reduce pain and your risk of falls. Yoga and tai chi movements address many health systems and work synergistically, rather than targeting a particular aspect of wellbeing.
Come along and see what you could use in your Yoga practice and/or if you’d like to give Tai Chi a try!
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI (TAIJI) – DAY PROGRAMME
Have you wondered what Tai Chi is and wanted to give it a try? Well today is your chance!
Please join us for a taster session with Julian, who will be sharing his knowledge with us.
10.10am Taoist Loosening Up Exercises
Standing Chi Gong (Qigong) Exercises
Moving Chi Gong (Qigong) Exercises
10.50am Tea Break and Yang Style Form Demonstration
11.15am Group Discussion
- History of Tai Chi
- Different styles (including Crane, Tiger and Snake)
- Principles (including what to look for in someone’s form)
12.15pm Lunch Break
1.15pm Group Practice – introduction to first section of the Yang Style Hand Form
2.45pm Tea Break and Sword and Sabre Form Demonstrations
3pm More Group Practice / Two Person Practice (subject to social distancing rules)
3.30pm Group Discussion
Julian’s journey began in the martial arts of karate, aikido and shorinji kempo. In the early eighties, he started studying tai chi under Master Chu King Hung (fifth generation master and third disciple of Grand Master Yang Sau Chung), in London. In 2000, following the closure of Master Chu’s London School, Julian became a student of Master John Ding (sixth generation master and first disciple of Grand Master Ip Tai Tak, first disciple of Grand Master Yang Sau Chung), also in London. In 2001, Julian joined the John Ding Academy’s Instructor Training Programme and, in 2010, opened a branch of the Academy in Henley on Thames. Julian teaches weekly at the Henley Branch, on a monthly basis as a visiting instructor for the Virginia Water Tai Chi School and privately by personal arrangement.
Julian lives in Henley, has two grown up daughters and works as a commercial lawyer in the telecoms sector.
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