"...I have attended quite a few of Paul's Tai Chi classes... and have enjoyed each and every one. Paul is a very calm and enthusiastic instructor and makes the classes very enjoyable. I feel much more relaxed afterwards and I am very keen to continue with Tai Chi in the future." Laverne Hamill full review
"...the Tai Chi course was a great investment. The teacher put us all at ease with a friendly manner and explained the background and benefits of the movements as well as teaching us the form." Allium123 full review
"Have attended Paul's Tai Chi classes...and found them so beneficial. Went there suffering from a trapped nerve and sciatica and even my osteopath was amazed at my mobility and flexibility. Will definitely wish to continue. Can strongly recommend." Valerie Roden full review
"I'm loving my 5pm Monday Tai Chi class - the teacher is excellent and I think I have convinced another person to sign up next term!" Tania Shadrick, January 2016
T'ai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient form of slow, graceful and rhythmic exercise which originated in China, where it is still extremely popular, often being performed in public parks early in the morning when the air is at its freshest. The style taught here is the Yang style Short Form as developed by Professor Ch'eng Man Ch'ing, currently the most practised form of Tai Chi in the U.K.
Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as 'meditation in movement' or 'swimming in air' for externally that is how it appears. It is a soft martial art, quite unlike karate, ju jitsu or any of the 'hard' martial arts which rely on force and speed. Tai Chi strengthens our internal energy, and allows it to flow more freely through the body.
Tai Chi is gentle and non-violent, though after much practice it is an extremely effective form of self defence.
22nd January, 5.00-6.00pm (Book
Venue: St Michael's Church Hall, High St, Lewes
1) Phone 01273 470955 (Monday-Saturday) or
2) Call in to Equilibrium during reception hours (Monday-Saturday)
Early booking is advised, as these classes usually sell out in advance. Please call 01273 470955 for update on availability and to enrol (or go on to a short waiting list for places on future courses).
What happens in a Tai Chi class?
The classes are co-operative rather than competitive - there are no grades or belts to achieve, and the emphasis is on small amounts of regular practice. A new 'posture' is learned every week - in Tai Chi this is a series of fluid, flowing movements rather than a static pose. We repeat the posture the following week, and when everyone feels sure they have remembered it, we add on another.
By the end of the first term you will have learned the first
section of the Short Form. For some students this will be adequate, and will
certainly be a useful introduction to the art of Tai Chi. Others may wish
to learn more - normally the Short Form is taught over four terms. There are
extra opportunities for revision classes, outdoor classes in the park, private
tuition and learning aids for students of all levels.
Do I need to be fit?
People of all ages and abilities can benefit from Tai Chi. No special equipment or uniform is needed, just wear loose, comfortable clothing to the first class, and flat-soled shoes if you have them (not trainers) although Tai Chi can be performed in socks or bare feet.
Students will find that a couple of minutes daily practice
at home greatly enhances appreciation of the weekly classes. The entire short
form takes about 12 minutes to practice.
can Tai Chi help me?
Although Tai Chi can eventually be used in self-defence, and our classes incorporate some of the practical applications, it is initially practiced for its health-giving benefits. It is particularly useful for calming the mind and body, increasing alertness and body awareness, and for developing concentration and sensitivity.
Tai Chi helps with balance and posture, and most students
report a greater sense of 'groundedness'.
Where can I learn?
Regular classes and private one-to-one lessons are held in Lewes.
Beginner and Improver Courses are held at St Michael's Church
Hall, High St, Lewes every Monday evening:
Beginners 5.00-6.00pm, Improvers 5.00-6.15pm.
Beginners & Improvers classes - every Monday.
Monday/Thursday/Friday in Lewes.
What equipment do I need?
Just loose comfortable clothing is all you really need to start Tai Chi. Eventually, you may like to obtain the canvas-soled Tai Chi shoes that we wear in class. The Costume Store in Iford sells them. In Brighton, you can buy them at Yum Yum's Supermarket in the North Laines.
If you are planning a trip to London, there are shops in Chinatown which sell them (turn left out of Leicester Square tube and head into Little Newport St). Occasionally they can be picked up at street markets (though they tend to be seasonal). Make sure you try them on first if possible, as sizing is not always accurate.
More info is available in the tutor's books, only £4.95 at all good
When is Tai Chi available?
Lewes Beginners & Improvers classes £72 for 9 weeks (concs £63)
Private lessons: By appointment Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday.
External courses: External
classes and workshops at your home or workplace available by arrangement.
How much does Tai Chi cost?
Monday evening classes:
£8 pw, payable termly.
Private lessons for individuals: £50 (60mins) £30 (30mins) - pay on the day.
Private lessons for groups at your venue inclusive of course preparation, handouts for all participants, Q & A session (if required) and travel:
Up to 20 participants: £120 per
20 - 30 participants: £150 per hour
Over 30 participants: £180 per hour
1) Use links above, or
2) Call 01273 470955, or
3) Send cheque/ P.O. (please make cheques payable to Equilibrium Health Centre) and send to:
Equilibrium Health Centre
16 Station St
Classes are popular! Early booking is advised, as many classes sell out before they start.
If your preferred class is full, we will be glad to offer to place you on a short waiting list in case of cancellations.
See the classes page for up to date info on all class and workshop availability.
In the unlikely event that we may have to cancel a course for whatever reason, a full refund will paid immediately.
cancellations by you with more than 14 days notice (before the course start
date), a full refund will be made (less £10 admin charge).
After this date, refunds can be made only at the discretion of the tutor and provided there is a waiting list student able to take up the vacated place.