This Tai Chi course will be delivered face-to-face from Canterbury Adult Education Centre in partnership with Barry Phelan of Wugong Academy. It is a combination of relaxation and toning exercises, promoting harmony and health, balancing the mind, body and spirit. The movements are slow and deliberate and together can help to improve mental and physical wellbeing.
At the end of the course students will be familiar with at least part of the Tai Chi Hand Form and have practiced movements to help improve their balance, strength, mobility and co-ordination. Your tutor will explain the benefits of Tai Chi and how you can apply them to your daily life. The 4 most popular family styles of Tai Chi are Yang, Chen, Wu, and Sun. There are also Chi Gong (energy work) and Dao Yin, which is a series of Chi Gong exercises specifically for different parts of the body; the heart, lungs, kidneys as well as routines for general wellbeing. The tutor will draw on all these styles, as appropriate, during the course, so that it is suitable for both beginners and returners to Tai Chi, maximising the health and relaxation benefits this discipline has to offer. You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group. Although there is no specific work set outside of the class, students will gain most benefit if Tai Chi is performed regularly and practised between classes.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Explain the philosophy, history and terminology of Tai Chi,
• Demonstrate the form using correct alignment,
• Identify the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice,
• Demonstrate and explain Tai Chi relaxation methods.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Partnership Tutor
How will I be taught?
You will be taught by a qualified instructor. Teaching methods will include demonstration, explanation, discussion and times for question and answer sessions. Your tutor will demonstrate movements and talk you through all exercises. You will be required to complete a pre course health and fitness questionnaire and during the lessons you will be carefully observed to ensure that you are working safely. You will also be encouraged to monitor and record your progression through the course and your tutor will also give you feedback on your progress. At the end of the course you and your tutor will assess the progress you have made.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need supportive, comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement. Denim jeans, formal trousers, skirts or dress are not suitable for this activity. You should wear shoes with a soft sole. Sandals, boots or any footwear with a high heel are not recommended. You may be advised not to take part if you are not dressed appropriately.
Students may wish to bring a towel. Please bring water and avoid eating one and a half hours prior to exercising.
What can I do next?
Specialist advice is available from your tutor to help identify the next suitable course for you. Alternatively visit our website www.kentadulteducation.co.uk.
What do I need to join the course
No prior knowledge or experience is required. This is a mixed ability class that is suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in this class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Back or knee
If you have a disability and think it may affect your learning in the classroom, or using any of our other services, please speak to us in confidence as soon as possible. We will discuss options with you and do our best to provide the support you would like.
Getting to your course
Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/121694/M/NC.
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