Tai Chi Chuan run by Richard Chipping a senior student of Master Chu for whom he taught at Master Chu’s school from 1981 to 1996 when Master Chu retired. Master Chu was the third adopted son and disciple of Master Yang Sau Chung (eldest son of Yang Cheng Fu) and Richard has also studied for shorter periods with Master Yang’s other two disciples, Ip Tai Tak and Chu Gin Soon.
The Monday Tai Chi Chuan class at ETNA is a mixed levels, mixed gender group, some are recent members, some have been attending for decades from diverse backgrounds. Richards focus in very much on teaching to the individual, as we all have our personal strengths and vulnerabilities and differing insights, the class is a powerful opportunity to explore deepen share and exchange our understanding and realisations.
The health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan are profound and important but need clear, sound, accurate practice to develop, with a clear understanding of the principles and ideas underlying the practice.
Sessions begin with various Taoist loosening and warm up exercises, progress to Qi Gong (Chi Kung) practice and then to the Yang family style empty hand long form. The form practice is clarified and refined by instruction and solo, group and partner practices and provides the foundation for various push hands practices, application and the weapons forms of the art, the single and double edged swords, staff and spear. All of which develop the practical power, energy and skill of application and enhance fitness, health and wellbeing.
Monday: 19.30 – 21.00 Attenborough Hall