The Tai Chi Club

A few questions and answers about
The Tai Chi Club

Where do we practise, when and how much?
We practise in the Ripley Leisure Centre Meeting Room

Thursday evenings: 6:30pm until 7:40pm Introduction Sessions
7::45pm until 8:30pm Second Section
Tuesday evenings: 67 Sword Form 6:30-7:00pm
7:00-8:30 Full Form

Waingroves Community Centre

Saturday 11:30 until 12:30pm
Tai Chi Beginners Sessions
The fee is £5

What is the age range?
Our youngest member is 16, the most senior 83. Younger people tend to go lower and step out longer, senior students tend to keep higher take shorter steps and be more relaxed. Everybody does it to their own physical situation and ability which tends to improve with practise.

What Is T’ai Chi Chuan and how do you say it?
(TAI GEE CHWEN phonetically). T’ai Chi Chuan originates from China. The style we practise is the Yang Traditional Hand Form. The emphasis is on keeping you fit and healthy and improving balance and co-ordination. It has the added benefit as a means of relaxation and de-stressing. The spelling varies because one is written in Wade-Giles, while Tai Ji Quan is written in Pin Yin (without the tone marks). Both have the same pronunciation

What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong or Chi Gung means Breath Work and is pronounced CHEE GONG. Qi Gong is much older and was designed for improving health, well being and fitness by practising breathing exercises. The style of Qi Gong we practise is selected to be easy to learrn and leads on to the Tai Chi Form it can be practiced standing up or sitting down.

Is it suitable for me?
Generally some Qi Gong can be practised by everybody as it can be done as purely a breathing exercise similar to static meditation. Tai Chi Chuan is preformed standing up and moving around the area, but the movements are slow and thoughtful. However if you feel it wise, you should consult with your doctor or other medical advisors before starting ANY exercise routine.

What do you practise in a class?
The Tai Chi Club practises Tai Chi Chuan both as a means of improving health and with a basic explanationof what the ‘Form’ moves mean.

Introduction Exercises
Health based exercises (Quick to learn)
Qi Gong exercises (Not too difficult)
T’ai Chi Hand Form (Easy to learn one move at a time)
Demonstrations of what we imagine. The ‘Meaning’ of moves


Push Hands
Sword Form
Sabre Form

Who are the instructors?
Sue Wain / Ken Hazelgrove / Neil Bradley / Rossalynn Soult / Chris Parker (Tai Chi Union for Great Britain). In addition we have a number of Coaches, those attending are encouraged to help others with advice based on their own practice and experience. Also amongst our students are people with experience in other styles.

What if I’m completely new to Tai Chi Chuan?
That’s fine, everybody has to start sometime.

How long does it take to learn?
If you practise for ten minutes every day, you get the point and learn quickly. If you just practise once a week (while still enjoying it and very welcome) it will take you longer. A good approach is to practice what you do remember for a couple of minutes each day and build up. You’ll soon have ten minutes

I have studied Tai Chi Chuan / Qi Gong before.
If you have studied other forms of Tai Chi Chuan there is a lot of overlap between different styles. But we do Yang Family. There are even more variations of Qi Gong, but the breathing methods we do lead to the Tai Chi Form.

I have studied a different Martial Art.
Martial artists often study T’ai Chi Chuan as an addition or to compliment their own main style. Most people with previous martial experience find that experience is a short cut to learning T’ai Chi Chuan. You will also progress more quickly as you will be familiar with the concept of “Train every day”.

Tai Chi Chuan is based on simplicity.

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