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Institute Classes & Workshops

At the Tai Chi & Chi Kung Institute, we offer classes and workshops that cover a number of styles and disciplines. Below is a complete list of the styles and disciplines that the Institute teaches. Not every class or workshop below is available each term at each venue - details of what is available are in the Class Schedule.

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Beginner's Classes
If you're learning Tai Chi or Chi Kung with the Institute for the first time, then you would enroll in one of our Beginner's Classes. Tai Chi students start with the Yang Style Tai Chi in 24 Forms and Chi Kung students with Taiji Chi Kung Shibashi, first set. These sets provide a good foundation for personal practice and for any advanced classes you may choose in the future.

Term 4 - 2018

Beginners classes

Tai Chi or Chi Kung
New Beginners class
Adelaide CBD only

You can enrol in week 1 - 3

Poster: Adelaide - poster ( Tuesday pm)

Poster: North Adelaide - Fri 9.30am

Adelaide - Tuesday 23rd Oct
Chi Kung at 6.15pm
Tai Chi at 7.15pm

Adelaide CBD Venue : Gilles St Primary School Hall
123 Gilles St ( Near Pedestrian Crossing & Pultney St)

Bookings essential and places are limited-
Email your interest to attend - send an email office@taichi.com.au

Yes, the Adelaide Hall has airconditioning

Courses are conducted during the state school terms.

Term 4 - 2018
Next 7 week term - starts 23rd Oct
Allan teaching a Tai Chi class in the park

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Newsletter
Newsletter/ schedule for advanced & returning students- for Term 4

Term 4 - 2018

Newsletter

What's New in Term 4.

Adelaide (Tues pm) - North Adelaide (Fri am) Advanced classe details only

Poster
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Poster: Print a poster Adelaide - poster ( Tuesday pm)

Poster: Print a poster North Adelaide 26th Oct- poster Fri 9.30am

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Tai Chi

Yang Style in 24 Forms (Beginner's Class)
Beginning students at the Tai Chi & Chi Kung Institute are taught this 24 Form set. Also known as Beijing 24 or Simplified Tai Chi, this set is the most widely practiced set in China and the world today. This is the official set of Tai Chi in China, and has been used to mass promote Tai Chi in China since the mid 1950s. This set provides a good foundation for students which they can build upon in their individual Tai Chi practice, and in our more advanced classes.
Course Duration: 4 Terms | Pre-requisites: None

Tai Chi in 8 Forms
The Tai Chi in 8 Forms (or Basic 8) set is also recommended for beginning students by the Chinese government, and is taught in China by government institutions such as the Beijing Sports University. Based on the movements of the Beginner's set (Yang 24), it is shorter and more compact, useful for those who don't have much time or space for regular practice.
Course Duration: 1 Term | Pre-requisites: Yang 24

Traditional Yang Style in 103 Forms
This is the traditional Yang Style Tai Chi set, from which the movements of the Yang Style in 24 Forms set were derived.
Course Duration: 5 - 6 Terms | Pre-requisites: Yang 24

International Competition Set in 42 Forms
This standardised Tai Chi set was developed specifically for use in Tai Chi competitions such as the Asian Games and contains traditional elements from the major Tai Chi styles. It provides a standard base for judging competitors while still being suitable for individual Tai Chi practice for health. Being a competition set, the degree of difficulty is higher than that of the Yang Style in 24 Forms.
Course Duration: 4 - 5 Terms | Pre-requisites: Yang 24

Sun Style in 73 Forms
Sun Style Tai Chi focuses on the internal energy aspects of Tai Chi, and was derived from Chen and Woo styles and contains elements of Ba Gua and Xing Yi. Low impact and gentle, it is ideal for practitioners of all ages.
Course Duration: 4 - 5 Terms | Pre-requisites: Yang 24

Chen Style
Chen Style Tai Chi is the base upon which the other recognised Tai Chi styles were built. Chen Wangting combined martial arts with Chi Kung skills (Dao Yin and Tu Na) to create Chen Tai Chi.
Pre-requisites: Yang 24

Martial Arts Applications of Tai Chi
Because it is so successful in providing relaxation and health benefits, many people don't consider Tai Chi in its martial art context. Typically offered as a workshop focusing on movements from our Beginner's set, this session provides practical examples of the way in which movements are applied, in a non-aggressive setting. By understanding a little about the martial aspect of Tai Chi, students often find Tai Chi much easier to learn.
Course Duration: Workshop | Pre-requisites: Enrolled in or completed Yang 24

Pushing Hands (Tui Shou) techniques
An exercise for two people, Pushing Hands is an essential part of understanding the martial arts and internal aspects of Tai Chi. A basic form of this is introduced in our Martial Arts Applications workshop.

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Chi Kung

Taiji Chi Kung Shibashi 1, First Set of 18 Forms (Beginner's Class)
This set was popularised in China by Grand Master Lin Hou-sheng. Combining moving and static Chi Kung, it is designed to improve the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner. It is easy to learn and quickly enables the practitioner to gain many health benefits, including improved breathing and circulation and reduced stress. This helps to improve health and resistance to illness.
Course Duration: 2 Terms | Pre-requisites: None

Taiji Chi Kung Shibashi 2, Second Set of 18 Forms
The movements in this set are more challenging and physically demanding than the first, and the set can be practiced either in conjunction with the first to provide a total sequence of 36 forms, or on its own.
Course Duration: 2 Terms | Pre-requisites: Shibashi 1

Yang Chi Kung
Yang Chi Kung is a semi-static set of movements, performed in co-ordination with the breath and a focus on special acupoints. This set helps to increase the volume of Chi in the acupuncture meridians.
Course Duration: 2 Terms | Pre-requisites: Shibashi 1

Dao Yin Heart Set
The Heart Set (Shuxin PingXue Gong) is the first set of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong exercises developed by Zhang Guande taught to our students. This set is applied clinically in China for the prevention and cure of hypertension, hypotension, coronary heart disease, tachycardia and other cardiovascular diseases.
Course Duration: 1 Term | Pre-requisites: Shibashi 1

Dao Yin Respiratory Set
The Respiratory Set (Yiqi Yang Fei Gong) is the second set of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong exercises developed by Zhang Guande taught to our students. This set is applied clinically in China for the prevention and cure of colds, bronchitis (both acute and chronic stages), pulmonary emphysema and other respiratory diseases.
Course Duration: 1 Term | Pre-requisites: Shibashi 1

Dao Yin Fitness and Wellbeing Set
The Fitness and Wellbeing Set (Daoying Baojian Gong) is the third set of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong exercises developed by Zhang Guande taught to our students. This set is applied clinically in China to improve the general health, wellbeing and mobility of the practitioner.
Course Duration: 1 Term | Pre-requisites: Shibashi 1

Dao Yin Digestive Set
The Digestive Set is the fourth set of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong exercises developed by Zhang Guande taught to our students. This set is applied clinically in China to improve the function of the digestive system of the practitioner.
Course Duration: 1 Term | Pre-requisites: Shibashi 1

Da Yan (Wild Goose) Chi Kung in 64 Forms
Handed down from the Kun Lun school of Daoism, Da Yan takes its movements from those of the Wild Goose, a bird of longevity in China. This set is good for improving the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner, containing both vigorous and gentle movements and various walking patterns.
Course Duration: 4 Terms | Pre-requisites: Shibashi 1

Goulin Walking Chi Kung
Developed by Madame Gou to help cancer patients, Goulin Walking Chi Kung is also of benefit to the healthy. This workshop is a good introduction to Chi Kung for all beginners and introduces a number of walking patterns to help students gain health benefits whenever you walk.
Course Duration: Workshop | Pre-requisites: None

Traditional Tai Chi Chi Kung Set
This set of Chi Kung is a very peaceful and calming set. It consists of simple, yet effective techniques which are easy to learn, and may be performed either standing or sitting depending upon the student's physical condition.
Course Duration: Workshop | Pre-requisites: None

Meridian Patting
Meridian Patting is the stimulation of the acupuncture meridians by patting them with the hands in a specified order. This workshop provides Chi Kung students with a greater insight into the Traditional Chinese Medicine systems of which Chi Kung is an integral part of self-treatment.
Course Duration: Workshop | Pre-requisites: None

A Goulin workshop
 
A Goulin (Walking) Chi Kung workshop in the park

Hand Massage
This workshop introduces a simple, practical tuina hand massage technique, including fascia release and the stimulation and activation of the yin and yang acupuncture meridians which run through the hands. This workshop provides Chi Kung students with a greater insight into the Traditional Chinese Medicine systems of which Chi Kung is an integral part of self-treatment.
Course Duration: Workshop | Pre-requisites: None

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Shaolin Sets

Yi Jin Jing Chi Kung
A semi-static form of Chi Kung. Course Duration: 2 terms | Pre-requisites: Yes

Ba Duan Jin Chi Kung
A semi-static form of Chi Kung. Course Duration: 1 term | Pre-requisites: Yes

Five Static Forms Chi Kung
This workshop introduces a Shaolin Chi Kung set of Five Static Forms, which are a series of postures held while the breath is counted.
Course Duration: Workshop | Pre-requisites: None

Chi Kung Ball Meditation
This workshop introduces a simple and easy to learn semi-static set of Shaolin Chi Kung set that is peaceful and calming. This set is not related to the types of exercise involving the use of a ball that are popular in gymnasiums today, as this set does not use a physical ball. This set may be performed either standing or sitting, depending upon the student's physical condition.
Course Duration: Workshop | Pre-requisites: None

Xiaohongquan (Shao Hong Chuan) - SKF - Shaolin Keep Fit Set
Translations of Chinese texts describe this as the "Mother" of all sets. The other 18 sets are said to be based on this Shaolin Set. In practice, the form is linear with very B and spring-like movements.
Course Duration: 4 Terms | Pre-requisites: Yang 24

Jingangquan (Diamond Fist) - Shaolin Keep Fit Set
This traditional set is used by the older monks to maintain fitness, and to perform feels like a combination of Tai Chi and Xiaohongquan. The form is very linear, and is performed at a similar pace to Tai Chi.
Course Duration: 4 Terms | Pre-requisites: Yang 24

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Weapons

  • Tai Chi Single Sword (32 Forms)
  • Fan - Chun Yan San (Steel Fan - 64 Forms)
  • Flute (Steel Flute)
  • Cudgel (Long Stick - 32 Forms)
  • Double Sword (Dragon Phoenix Double Swords - 57 Forms)
  • Umbrella

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