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When you are thinking of making the decision to start learning Tai Chi, there are a number of factors you might like to consider.

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What type of class?

At Longwater Tai Chi we have classes to suit many interests and needs and they are often taught very differently from each other. Firstly you need to do a little research to find out what style of Tai Chi or type of class would suit you best, so have a good look around our website and contact us if you are still not sure or would prefer to talk through your options.

It may be that you don't actually need to join a class that is learning a traditional tai chi 'form', where you learn, practise and start to remember a set of sequential movements - perhaps you would be better off in one of our popular Tai Chi-Qigong exercise classes that is centred around copying gentle movements for health and wellbeing.

Focus on your wellbeing

If you have limited movement or are recovering from injury or illness for instance, you possibly would not want to join a class which includes exploring the martial applications of tai chi (taijiquan). Although this can be done and enjoyed in many ways - we have a number of students who took to this in their late 60s and beyond.

Remember your wellbeing comes first; progress comes in stages, not all at once.

Just keep doing...

The arts we teach have been developed over many many years, and the philosophy goes back hundreds (if not thousands) of years. Perserverance is one of the keystone elements to gaining all the benefits that Tai Chi and Qigong can offer you. When you take on a new class as a beginner, give it a chance... it may take several sessions before you start to recognise the benefits you are gaining from it.

If you're the sort of person who likes a challenge that keeps the mind fully occupied, and you are willing to commit to a long term project, then one of our traditional taijiquan classes would suit you well; and you will of course also gain all the health benefits as you practise. These classes also progress to practising partner work, which is very useful for learning how to be mindful and relaxed through personal contact.

Be happy with your teacher

Don't be afraid to try several classes and teachers before you decide; it's not that a teacher may not be a good teacher, but simply that you don't resonate with them for some reason. Finding the right teacher and class is very important if you want to commit to a long term of study and benefit from what it has to offer.

And don't forget, you can always choose to learn 1:1 with your teacher if you rather not study in a busy class environment. To register for a lesson please click here.

We do not expect you to wear a uniform, but we do have branded shirts which the teachers usually wear to identify themselves, as well as for public demonstrations.

Most students prefer to wear comfortable clothes with a bit of stretch and practice with exercise socks, flat shoes that don't tip you forward or bare feet. You might also want to bring a bottle of water.

Events for Beginners

Beginners Classes

Beginners Classes

Below is a list of events that are suitable for complete beginners. More experienced students can also benefit from these sessions, to use as warmups or fine tune your personal practices.

You can view classes in three ways:
Table View is useful if you wish to register for several classes together,
Timeline View is easy for a single registration & gives you more detail about each class,
All Venues allows to see all classes available in a calendar layout.

Switch to TABLE VIEW | TIMELINE VIEW | ALL VENUES
 

27
Feb
2024

Tai Chi Qigong - Ringwood

Tue 27th Feb 2024 1:45 pm
£10
Tai Chi Qigong - Ringwood

Get your Weekly Tai Chi Fix!

Just follow along to 45-50 minutes of low-impact energising exercise in our very popular Tai Chi Qigong classes. All classes are performed standing, but you can choose to be seated. Suitable for complete beginners, all age groups and levels of fitness.

The 18 move Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong movements are traditionally performed with music and are relaxing and easy to follow, and is practised around the world by millions of people. It is based on some of the movements from Yang style tai chi chuan and this gentle, flowing qigong exercise set is deeply relaxing and pleasant to perform. 

Cost £10 
Class led by Gina Davenport, Instructor Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.
Please note: Payment of Gina's classes are now directly managed by her, so if you are paying online or by BACS you will be given her bank details.

Switch to TABLE VIEW if you wish to register for several classes together.

You won't know how nice it is until you try it!

 

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

27
Feb
2024

Yang Style Tai Chi - Ringwood

Tue 27th Feb 2024 2:45 pm
£10
Yang Style Tai Chi - Ringwood

Come and study authentic Taijiquan with us!

The Masich Internal Arts Method (MIAM) Five Section Taijiquan program material is designed to be flexible and fun, ideal for beginners to get a well grounded introduction to traditional Tai Chi, who may then decide to take on the more difficult challenges of the full curriculum. 

This term we will begin our study of the 24-step Yang style form, based on a thorough understanding of core principles. Learning to create correct alignment in the body, free the mind through breath and calm, and move intentfully are all part of authentive taijiquan (Tai Chi) practice. Part of this study requires we work with partners to develop greater sensitity to the subtle energies at play when we jion with the taiji process. None of our partner work is designed to be competitive.

Cost: £10
60 minutes of exercise.

Led by Gina Davenport, Instructor Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.
Please note: Payment of Gina's classes are now directly managed by her, so if you are paying online or by BACS you will be given her bank details.

Switch to TABLE VIEW if you wish to register for several classes together.

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

28
Feb
2024

Tai Chi Qigong - Wilton 10am

Wed 28th Feb 2024 10:00 am
£10
Tai Chi Qigong - Wilton 10am

Get your Weekly Tai Chi Fix!

Just follow along to 45-50 minutes of low-impact energising exercise in our very popular Tai Chi Qigong classes. All classes are performed standing, but you can choose to be seated. Suitable for complete beginners, all age groups and levels of fitness.

The 18 move Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong movements are traditionally performed with music and are relaxing and easy to follow, and is practised around the world by millions of people. It is based on some of the movements from Yang style tai chi chuan and this gentle, flowing qigong exercise set is deeply relaxing and pleasant to perform. 

Cost £10
Class led by Jane Launchbury, Senior Instructor Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

Switch to TABLE VIEW if you wish to register for several classes together.

You won't know how nice it is until you try it!

28
Feb
2024

Tai Chi Qigong - Wilton 11am

Wed 28th Feb 2024 11:00 am
£10
Tai Chi Qigong - Wilton 11am

Get your Weekly Tai Chi Fix!

Just follow along to 45-50 minutes of low-impact energising exercise in our very popular Tai Chi Qigong classes. All classes are performed standing, but you can choose to be seated. Suitable for complete beginners, all age groups and levels of fitness.

The 18 move Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong movements are traditionally performed with music and are relaxing and easy to follow, and is practised around the world by millions of people. It is based on some of the movements from Yang style tai chi chuan and this gentle, flowing qigong exercise set is deeply relaxing and pleasant to perform. 

Cost £10
Class led by Jane Launchbury, Senior Instructor Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

Switch to TABLE VIEW if you wish to register for several classes together.

You won't know how nice it is until you try it!

28
Feb
2024

Wu Style Tai Chi - Wilton

Wed 28th Feb 2024 12:00 pm
£10
Wu Style Tai Chi - Wilton

Wu-style Modifed 64 & Yang-style Partner Studies

This term we will continue our focus on the Wu style Modified 64 form, based on the traditional long form and designed by our teacher Brian Cooper. This class is only available to those who have studied Wu style before. Every other week we will also begin to explore partner connection work, which  helps us to develop greater sensitity to the subtle energies at play when we jion with the taiji process. None of our partner work is designed to be competitive. Beginners are welcome to these fortnightly sessions - please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Cost: £10 

Led by Patrick Foley, Senior Instructor Tai Chi Union of Great Britain, indoor student of Master Sam Masich.
60 minutes of exercise.

We need to cut down on our admin time spent managing registrations, and so from Sept 2023, we cannot offer refunds for non-attendance under any circumstances; nor can we re-schedule classes for you at the last minute. We trust you will understand this is now a necessary step for us.

Switch to TABLE VIEW if you wish to register for several classes together.

 

28
Feb
2024

Tai Chi Qigong - Downton

Wed 28th Feb 2024 6:30 pm
£10
Tai Chi Qigong - Downton

Get your Weekly Tai Chi Fix!

Just follow along to 45-50 minutes of low-impact energising exercise in our very popular Tai Chi Qigong classes. All classes are performed standing, but you can choose to be seated. Suitable for complete beginners, all age groups and levels of fitness.

The 18 move Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong movements are traditionally performed with music and are relaxing and easy to follow, and is practised around the world by millions of people. It is based on some of the movements from Yang style tai chi chuan and this gentle, flowing qigong exercise set is deeply relaxing and pleasant to perform. 

Cost £10
Class led by Jane Launchbury, Senior Instructor Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

Switch to TABLE VIEW if you wish to register for several classes together.

You won't know how nice it is until you try it!