Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan means ‘Supreme Ultimate System’. At Cambridge Kung Fu we seek to teach this amazing system as it was originally intended; focussing and balancing your body, mind and spirit to develop a fully integrated system for living a long, healthy, happy and successful life.
Although an extremely effective martial art, Tai Chi Chuan (T’ai Chi/Tai Ji) is usually practiced with the emphasis on improving and developing the health of the practitioner.
The main part of the system, and what most people think of as Tai Chi, is a long sequence of movements (the form) practised as a slow continuous flow. All the movements are designed to improve your use of your body. With us you will learn this Tai Chi form which combines many different movements that together produce benefits for your whole body.
The Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai Chi Chuan is practised by people of all ages who would like to improve their posture, mobility, sensitivity, coordination, stamina, concentration, balance and relaxation. Training with us includes solo and partner exercises to integrate your calm and relaxed movements and thoughts into your interactions with other people under different types of pressure.
One of the many benefits of Tai Chi Chuan is that practising is not limited by your age, ability, equipment or environment. You can practice anywhere and everywhere; at home, in the lounge, in the park, in the car-park on your lunch break or even on the beach!
Training Tai Chi
There are many variations of Tai Chi Chuan, with the one studied at Cambridge Kung Fu being ‘Kun Tao’, which means ‘Mother Way’ or ‘Martial Way’. Kun Tao Tai Chi is a Malaysian version of Yang style Tai Chi, with a mix of Wu, Chen and Sun influences, as taught by Grandmaster Brian Jones.
The Kun Tao Tai Chi form is made up of three sections which are learnt on the right side, then on the left side, then combined to balance both sides of the body and mind. The individual movements within the form work different parts of your body, externally (the bits you can see and move) and internally (the bits you can not see, reach, or easily move) as well as developing coordination between all parts of your body and mind. This results in internal and external harmony and balance.
We also teach the ‘Two Person Dance’ of Tai Chi Chuan. The ‘Two Person Dance’ is a partner exercise to teach the martial applications of the Tai Chi form in a slow and relaxed manner. Even for those not interested in the Self Defence properties of Tai Chi Chuan, practising the ‘Two Person Dance’ gives your body feedback on how moving and reacting to external pressures helps you develop a state of relaxation in an ever changing and moving environment.
We currently run one Zoom Tai Chi class each week, with students supplimenting this through private face-to-face and online training. We also run courses and workshops for groups and companies throughout the year.
We welcome everyone to come along and try out a couple of classes for free, so that you can get an idea of what and how we train, as well as meeting the instructors and other students.
Thursdays 6.30pm – 7.20pm
Private lessons and small group sessions are available on request.
Please get in touch if you would like to try out a free class or are interested in booking a private lesson, course, or workshop.