Monthly Saturday Tai Chi Workshops with Mark Collins
These 2 hour 30 minute workshops are suitable equally for beginners or the more experienced and give the opportunity to look deeper into the art, than a 60 or 90 minute class allows. Do you wish to experience more benefits, take your Tai Chi to the next level and feel nicely relaxed or energised afterwards.
These workshops concentrate on the building blocks on Chen style Tai Chi, loosening exercises, standing chi kung meditation, silk reeling and the Form. We will do at least 45mins to an hour on the Chen style Laojia form (I promise !). We may sometimes also work on a few simple partner exercises, to help understand the principles of Tai Chi.
In addition to the usual green tea, there will also be homemade and healthier CAKE or biscuits provided !
Dates for 2022 – 10am -12.30pm
29th October (St. Dominic's Hall, Dursley), 26th November (Stroud),
2023 Dates TBC Soon
Cost : £25 advance
£30 on the day if places left
Partner Exercises, Push Hands and Applications Workshop
These exercises working with a partner, help to train and speed up your internal development, build better internal alignment and body connection/body mechanics. Quiet the mind, get feedback on your Tai Chi skills and improve better rooting.
Dates - 2023 Dates TBC, please email if interested
Also last Monday of month 8pm – 9pm Wotton- under-Edge Class.
Bagua Circle Walking and Palm Changes Workshop
An introduction to Bagua (means 8 Trigrams), the Chinese Internal Art which uses Circle Walking as the main training tool, with directional and Palm Changes. It is a wonderful form of dynamic meditation, which uses the whole body. The gentle twisting movements help to open the joints and massage the internal organs, helping to energise. It is very complementary to Tai Chi or Chi Kung practice and for beginners.
Date - 2023 tbc soon
Cost : £25 Half day
Broadsword (Dao) Workshop
The weapon forms follow on from learning the hand forms and are complementary, using slow relaxed whole body movement. Ideally, you will have been learning “the (hand) form”, for a few years already, but you do not need any previous Sword experience to benefit greatly from this workshop. We will start will some basic sword exercises and then progress to the movements of the form, at a speed everyone can cope with.
Date - 2023 tbc soon
Cost : £30 (includes the use of a wooden Broadsword) £25 if attending morning Bagua Workshop also.