Term dates for Monday classes: No classes on 10th or 17th April. Classes will resume for the summer term on Monday 24th April.
What is T’ai Chi?
T’ai Chi is a gentle but powerful system of movements and exercises designed to improve wellbeing and help us to operate harmoniously with our surroundings.
What is Lee Style T’ai Chi?
Lee style was brought from China to England in the 1930s by Grand Master Chan Kam Lee. As such it was brought over before Chairman Mao’s concerted and brutal efforts to stamp out “dangerous” and traditional thinking in the 1950s and 60s (during which the study of kung fu and t’ai chi was variously not permitted and then standardised and made to conform to Communist Party doctrine). This means that Lee Style remains true to its Taoist origins. Whilst practised primarily in the West for its health benefits, when studied and practiced regularly T’ai Chi is also a powerful internal martial art
How can T’ai Chi benefit me?
T’ai Chi can:
Reduce stress - modern life places strains on the mind and the body that they were never designed to cope with. Over time, worries and mental anguish can manifest themselves as physical symptoms.
T’ai chi helps with this in a number of ways - firstly, physical exercise in itself has been proven to be an effective treatment for illnesses such as mild to moderate depression.
Secondly, the meditative nature of T’ai Chi gives the mind a chance to rest. Meditation has been shown to actually cause growth in areas of the brain associated with attention and processing sensory input. Put these two things together and you end up with something unlike most Western forms of exercise.
Improve health - beyond reducing stress which is a significant cause of illness in Britain, regular practice of t’ai chi improves the immune system and conditions the internal organs (which are not really considered in other forms of exercise).
Improve flexibility - most of the exercises in t’ai chi focus not on building up individual sets of muscles which can lead to stiffness, fatigue and injuries in later life, but on the movement of the joints through exercises which flow from one pose to another.
Improve balance - whether in a self defence situation or just in general life, good balance can mean the difference between a trip to hospital and a normal day.
Who can do T’ai Chi?
T’ai Chi is suitable for people of all ages. Older people may find Lee Style easier than other styles as it tends not to use “deep” stances but it is equally suitable for younger practitioners. In fact, the earlier you start, the greater the benefit will be to your life. Beginners are always welcome at the class.
How much does it cost?
Classes are £6 or £4 for concessions and membership/insurance is £40 for a year.
How do I find the class?
King Henry VIII School is located on the A429 (Warwick Road) opposite the pedestrian entrance to Coventry railway station (just by Central Six). The drama studio is just next to the Spencer Avenue car park in the block directly below the number 2 on the map. If the weather is good, we may be training on the grass shown at the top of the map.
Friday day classes are at Earlsdon Park Village which is on the Albany Road, just after the railway bridge as you head into town. Ask at reception for details.
Monday nights 7:45 - 9:15pm
King Henry VIII School Drama Studio, Warwick Road, Coventry, CV3 6AQ
Fridays 11am - 12pm
Earlsdon Park Village
If you have any queries, please contact Carol:
Tel: 01926 737054
Mobile: 07810 575100