Tai Chi in Hertford and Royston
 
 
   

Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise, which can be practised at one's own level of fitness. It is, therefore, suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. It is an excellent way to maintain good health and relaxation. The principles and effects of Tai Chi can be applied to everyday life. It brings together aspects of meditation, oriental healing, self defence, dynamic movement and stress management.

Tai Chi is not a hybrid or contrived synthesis of the above mentioned arts, but embraces those qualities in its own right. It is considered a treasured Chinese national art. Based on the ancient Chinese philosophical concept of balance through change, it states that the universe is in constant dynamic motion and that to be fit and healthy, we mirror and harmonise with these natural energetic movements.

Tai Chi helps one to focus and develop concentration. Through relaxation, one is able to discover a deeper sense of one's own rhythm, balance and co-ordination. As a weight-bearing exercise, Tai Chi practice contributes to maintaining bone structure and may improve lack of stability. The execution of Tai Chi movements, unlike many forms of exercise, does not build up an oxygen debt in the body but regular practice can builds and strengthen the system at all levels.

The slow, simple movements of Tai Chi are easy enough for people who have not exercised for some time and challenging enough even for the fittest of people. For those who want more than physical movement, Tai Chi involves the concept of core stability and integration of body, mind and spirit.


Learning structure

Class formats follow the same basic structure each week. They start with Qigong and breathing exercises to calm and focus the mind and to develop energetic self-awareness. This is followed by warm-up exercises to relax the muscles, open the joints and prepare the body for the pattern of Tai Chi movements.

The main part of the class focuses on learning the Tai Chi form. This is a series of gentle, flowing movements that one learns gradually with plenty of repetition and individual help from the instructors. The form taught in the classes is the Yang style Long form. Beginners start by learning a short sequence based on the beginning of the Long Form. Once the student is familiar with the shortened version, it is an easy and natural progression on to the Long Form.

Practice of core principles and concepts of Tai Chi is included in each lesson. The class closes with breathing exercises.

DVDs are available as teaching aids for learning the form.

Development of learning

Step 1 - Short, circular routine, based on the beginning of the Yang style Long Form

Step 2 - Yang style Long Form Section 1 (Hertford classes) or Sifu John Ding’s         Foundation Form (Royston Improvers group)

Step 3 - Yang style Long Form

Step 4 - Yin/Yang Form

Step 5 - Qi / Spiral Form

There are no gradings in Tai Chi (as in some martial arts). Each individual works for her/himself. There are more advanced level classes as students progress. Opportunities are available to train on Workshops and Retreats with Master Ding and for senior students to learn weapon forms at the MDA centres in London.


Instructor

Liz Welch is the main class instructor (see here for further information on her background, training and experience).

Liz was trained as an instructor personally by Sifu John Ding.




 
What is Tai Chi?

Class times

Fees

What is Tai Chi?

Learning Structure

Instructors


Winter Break 2017/18

The last class this term will be 11 December

Classes will resume again from 8th January 2018

Class Times


Beginners' Tai Chi Classes :


Tai Chi in Hertford - Monday afternoons

The Guide Hall, West Street, Hertford SG13 8EZ : 1.15 pm to 3.00 pm

Next intake 8th January 2018.  Please book in advance.


Tai Chi in Waterford (1 mile from Hertford) - Monday evenings 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Waterford Village Hall, 2 High Road, Waterford, Herts  SG14 2PR. 

Not currently available for beginners.  Please register an interest for any future classes.


Tai Chi in Royston - alternate Saturday mornings

Royston Complementary Health Centre

Beginners: 1.00 - 2.00 pm fortnightly.

Next intake 13th January 2018.

Please book through the Royston Complementary Health Centre

 

Tai Chi Improvers' classes (Yang style Long Form):


Tai Chi in Hertford - Monday afternoons

The Guide Hall, West Street, Hertford SG13 8EZ : 1.15 pm to 3.00 pm


Tai Chi in Waterford (1 mile from Hertford) - Monday evenings 7.00 pm to 8.45 pm

Waterford Village Hall, 2 High Road, Waterford, Herts  SG14 2PR


Classes run every week, except Bank Holidays, unless otherwise advised.


Tai Chi in Royston - alternate Saturday mornings

Royston Complementary Health Centre

Improvers: 11.00 - 12.30 pm fortnightly. 

Please book through the Royston Complementary Health Centre



Fees
 

Hertford Tai Chi classes

1 hour class: £40 for 6 week introduction, then £28 per month or £7.50 per class.

1 3/4 hours:  £45 for 6 week introduction, then £34 per month

or £9.50 per class.


Royston Tai Chi classes

£55 for next course of 6 classes in advance or £10 per 90 minute class.


Private Tai Chi Tuition

One to one and small group tuition in Tai Chi Foundation Form, Long Form, Qigong and Principles and Concepts is available upon request.

(1:1 £48 per hour, small groups £60 per hour, larger groups on request)