Tai Chi

Tai Chi 01In our programs and workshops Chris incorporates gentle activities based on the philosophy and skills of Tai Chi.

Here he answers some frequently asked questions.

In addition to the questions and answers on this page, you may like to watch the slideshow on our Conference Energizers page of our site.

1. What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese health and self defence system.

Tai Chi consists of:

  • The form (a series of connected movements)
  • Chi Kung/Nei Kung (internal energy development)
  • Push Hands (sensitivity exercises)
  • Self Defence
  • Weapons (includes sabre, sword, staff and spear)
  • Philosophy (yin/yang – non religious)

2. What does Tai Chi mean?

Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan translates to ‘grand ultimate fist.’

3. How long have you been doing Tai Chi?

I started Tai Chi in 1987 and have been teaching it since 1994.

4. I have an injury. Can I still do Tai Chi?

taichi18Generally, yes. I adapt the exercises to suit the students. For example, I incorporate sit down (on chair) exercises which helps those who have injuries such as back, knee, etc.

Each exercise is explained and participants have the option to watch first before having a go.

I always try to incorporate exercises where everyone can participate. There is no pressure or obligation to perform the exercises and each participant is encouraged to do only what they can handle.

5. Are there any exercises where I have to lie on the floor?

No. I have found it can be embarrassing for some people to do this so all the exercises are done either sitting on a chair, standing or moving.

6. What’s your connection between wellbeing, personal and professional development and Tai Chi?

My approach is based on extensive experience providing workshops and courses in such areas as wellbeing, interpersonal skills, personal success, time management, public speaking and healthier living.

This experience, together with my seventeen years as a professional Tai Chi teacher, allows me to offer a unique approach.