Tai chi classes are held regularly in Centennial Park
every Saturday morning at 8.30am (see map below)
The 37 move Yang style short form (based on the
teachings of Cheng Man Ching), is designed to
introduce the basics of Tai Chi and its principles at
any level and takes between six months and a year to
learn depending on the number of classes attended.
This learning curve is divided into various methods of
The training is further based on Master Huang Sheng Shyan's system of Yang-Style Tai Chi, through the teaching of Patrick Kelly, and the form has evolved with the approach to fluidity, dynamics, relaxation and the internal flow of chi/qi through the body which assists the learning process and the integration of taiji into everyday life
The aim is to strengthen internal organs, unblock energy meridians (pathways) and to facilitate the flow of vital fluids through the body, by relaxing, attention to posture, releasing, alignment, balance and coordination.
Calm and relaxed breathing with movement, meditation and visualization all help to establish a strong constitution, physical, mental and emotional well being. Opening and closing of joints and gates allows energy to gather and for the body to heal.
The practice of chi kung (qigong) can also lead to a practical understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese history and religious beliefs.
The 108 move Yang Cheng Fu long form predates the
short form with the emphasis on self defence
applications and push hands practice. Natural body
alignment, effortless movements, forward backwards, up
and down, left and right and central equilibrium
combine to shape all the various movement
configurations possible. Feeling, sensing, sticking,
adhering following, together with wuji (standing
meditation) form new experiences of lightness,
effortless effort, balance, clarity, visualization and
This forms the basis of ongoing taiji training.
Working with the five external senses (seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, feeling) and the five internal sensors (joint alignment, pain, temperature, muscle states and pressure) the body begins a shift from it's involuntary movement reaction - (sympathetic nervous system) to a voluntary response - (para-sympathetic nervous system).
We practice Master Huang's Fujian White Crane which
has a wave of expansion from the ground - 'shooting
arrow' whereas taiji emphasises a wave of stretching
and compression that precedes wave of expansion -
drawing the bow.
Master Huang refined and developed the white crane forms to reflect the true taiji principles (therefore the fighting or competitive aspect is not emphasised).
Here the focus is on the the San Feng Kuai Chuan or 'Quick Fist' (dedicated to Chang Sanfeng, founder of taiji) is Master Huang's fast taiji form adapted from the Fourth Set of the Fujian White Crane System.and occassionally BaPuLien or 'Eight Continuous Steps' the form that the Kata 'Sanchin' is based on.
This form is inspired by the 'call of the crane' and
develops power based on the breathing.