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TAI CHI - Level 1
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Tai Chi evolved in China many hundreds of years ago when Taoist priests needed to have a defence against robbers and bandits. They observed how the animals and birds protected themselves – the tiger, monkey, horse, snake and crane, and from this came the ‘martial Arts’, and then Tai Chi.
Tai Chi or ‘Supreme Ultimate’ is based on the philosophy of nature. The Tai Chi symbol of Yin and Yang represents the dual forces of nature. The Taoist priests observed that all things must have a balance, and to remain balanced they must have an opposite, such as night and day. They believed that to be healthy and to have your body and mind functioning in the correct way, they must be balanced. This is the theory of Yin and Yang, and was the basis of the philosophy of Tai Chi.
The following movements develop and strengthen all parts of the body. It improves muscle tone, strengthens ligaments and tendons, gently massages and tones the internal organs, improves breathing, balance and coordination and steadies the heart rate. Practicing Tai Chi quiets the nervous system, promotes relaxation and counteracts the effects of stress. Even the young and elderly can take up tai Chi because it offers improved health and greater peace of mind to all ages. Tai Chi Chuan has attracted attention internationally. It has a special function of promoting health and preventing illness.
Tai Chi can be practiced by almost anyone, including the elderly.
No equipment is needed : just a pair of comfortable flat shoes and loose comfortable clothing such as a tracksuit.
Tutor: Georgia Rizzato
For many years I have been doing different physical activities for my wellbeing and health. About 20 years ago I learnt how to swim and went regularly to the pool for two years. One day I found the Community House program in my letterbox and decided to take up yoga. Two years later the House introduced Tai Chi to its program which I took up with great enthusiasm.
I found doing Tai Chi to be a very pleasant and relaxing experience. In turn I wanted to learn the form of the Art with great detail and precision. After four years of learning from the tutor she decided to go overseas, which left the group without instruction. The coordinator of the Community House asked me if I was able to take the class because she knew of my enthusiasm towards Tai Chi. I willingly accepted. Taking the group was a real challenge for me because I wanted to do it in the correct way and continue to improve my skill in the Art.
I started the classes during the first term in 2000 and have been continually taking the group since. During the week I take classes during the day and early evening. I am motivated to keep a healthy mind and body. Tai Chi helps me achieve this goal. I enjoy every session and make sure that everyone else does also. Through my passion I hope to influence others in the group to stay healthy and have a good time.