Benefits of Tai Chi practice

Tai Chi (also known as T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Taiji, or Taijiquan) develops strength, balance and agility, enhancing your feeling for movement.

It is a unique form of exercise and martial art, and a very effective moving meditation.  Tai Chi improves focus, aids relaxation, and helps develop a calm, clear mind.

It also offers an advantage over seated meditation methods;  as you focus on applying tai chi principles to the movements, the mind naturally becomes more still.

Tai Chi is energising and also makes an excellent complement to other forms of exercise.  It may be particularly appealing to those who already practise a mind-body discipline such as Yoga, or a 'hard-style' martial art, such as Karate.

Tai Chi has elements in common with those, but enough differences to make it a valuable addition.

For people with no background in Yoga or Martial Arts, Tai Chi can be a great way to get into this kind of training - and with far less chance of injury!

To begin to experience the benefits outlined here, your training will usually start with the Yang style 24 form. It is the most widely practised Tai Chi form in the world, and the basic sequence of movements can be learnt in about 4 months.  If you have prior Tai Chi experience, we can work with the form(s) you already know, and go from there.

Dmitri Tai Chi aims to have students reach a higher level of performance, while developing greater depth in their practice.

To that end, it is better if you have reasonable health & fitness before commencing lessons with me.  As a guide, you should be able to walk briskly for 20-30 minutes without much muscle or joint discomfort, and very little shortness of breath.

It is suggested that students be in the age range of 20 to 65 years.

See you in training!