Ryedale

Taiji

Venue - Memorial Hall Old Malton. 9.30 to 10.30am. Contact Christine Roberts Holland 01653 695099

TAIJI

Taiji is a Chinese Martial Art more frequently practiced for exercise than for martial intent. It consists of a series of movements performed slowly and precisely using all of the body’s natural movements. The Chinese call it an internal martial art because the muscles are relaxed and energy is held inside the body. Taiji is associated with Taoism and incorporates much of the philosophy of the Tao or Way. Practicing Taiji has a reputation for promoting health, wellbeing, balance, suppleness and longevity.

Traditionally Taiji originated in the fourteenth century but present styles can only be traced to the nineteenth century. There are three original styles the Chen(which is the oldest and most martial), the Yang which is the most widely practiced, particularly outside China, and the Wu. I teach the simplified Yang style of Master Chen Manching. In the late twentieth century there has been a proliferation of different styles in China.

It is possible to study Taiji for a lifetime and still find new and satisfying aspects to master but a year of lessons and practice gives a modest competence. I am happy for people to come for a trial session before committing to joining the group. We meet most Mondays at 9.30am in The Memorial Hall Old Malton. Contact me for further information and encouragement.

Christine Roberts Holland

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