Woodcock Sports Centre, Studio 3, Aston University, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7ET.
Tai Chi ( Taiji or Taijiquan) is an effective way to develop balanced health for the mind and body. It develops:
Taiji is a time-tested traditional Chinese method of self-development, and a blend of Medical, Meditative and Martial knowledge combining self-discipline, graceful movement and effortless power.
Students develop mind, body and energy, as awareness and understanding of all aspects of their self increases. These disciplines rely on a mindful re-discovery of the body to enrich and inspire one’s experience of any aspect of life.
Throughout history, Taiji has been used by Chinese scholars, monks, sages, artists, intellectuals, emperors and their imperial guards, princes and commoners, because of its extraordinary versatility and proven effectiveness. Whilst drawing from all the strands of Chinese spiritual and philosophical thought, at IWKA, Taiji is not tied to any religion.
Taiji consists of ‘Four Pillars’ of practice, and also a variety of physical exercises and meditative practices. The Four Pillars are Qigong, Form, Pushing Hands and Application.
Each Pillar develops the ability to coordinate the body, internal energy, and sensitivity to oneself, the space around, and other people, to a higher degree.
Qi Gong is the foundation of Tai Chi, wherein the student learns to move their body and feel their internal energy (Qi), through simple, relatively static movements, and the use of the will (Yi) to guide the energy as it flows through its natural channels (known as jing-luo, or meridians.)
The main exercise used in Tai Chi is called the Form. This is a flowing sequence of movements, lasting from 5 to 20 minutes. The Form develops physical skill and health, and constitutes a very enjoyable kind of moving meditation. Each movement can be practised at increasing levels of depth as the student develops. There are many variations of the Form within the different Taiji lineages and their schools, but they all derive from the same original Form, and the principles of movement are always the same. Traditional Taiji schools nearly always teach the basic, original Long Form, and often a variety of abridged forms for beginners.
More advanced students learn the two-person Form (San Shou) and the sabre, sword, staff and spear Forms, all of which provide an exciting, artistic and satisfying level to the training.
Pushing Hands (Tui Shou) is a partner exercise, where 2 people develop sensitivity and co-ordination together. This is a very enjoyable, playful and free-flowing kind of exercise.
Application is the most advanced aspect of physical training and in some ways the most rewarding. In application the student explores the deeper subtleties of the Form’s movements, in a dynamic fashion with a training partner. Application tests and perfects the student’s understanding of the movements, developing high levels of mind-body co-ordination, awareness, sensitivity, and confidence.
As well as the Four Pillars, students practise a variety of exercises to develop key physical skills, and different kinds of meditation to focus the mind, increase self-understanding and develop internal energy.
IWKA Taiji- the curriculum is based on the Three Pillars of Yang Taiji that Sifu Sergio Pascal Iadarola learned: The Huang Shen Shyan lineage;The Tian Zhaolin lineage; and the Sam Tam linage.
Woodcock Sports Centre
Studio 3, Aston University
Edgbaston Community Centre
40 Woodview Drive
Woodcock Sports Centre, Studio 3