Norwich Tai Chi
Tai Chi has many branches, the most well known are Yang and Chen. If you are in adulthood starting Tai Chi we recommend that you choose the Yang branch over Chen, as the Chan branch is hard on the students knees. Tai Chi uses long flowing, graceful Kung Fu moves performed slowly. The slow movements of Tai Chi offer all the health and fitness benefits of Kung Fu with none of the high impact stresses on the body. The NHS has stated the positive benefits of Tai Chi for improving posture, balance and muscle strength. Other benefits include reducing stress and anxiety. Niel the founder of Lohan often takes new students that have been recommended through the NHS, in many of these cases private tuition has been the most beneficial. The aim of Tai Chi is to quiten the mind and listen to the body. This places your mind in the moment and gives you a zen like peace. We teach the Yang branch of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi history.
From the birth of Tai Chi it has taken on many ideological forms, Buddhist, Zen, Taoist and Communist. It now embodies peace, health, fitness and stress relief. The origin of Tai Chi is in the Shaolin temple estimated 5th century, The older, wiser and more skilled monks created a fighting method that was less physically demanding on their aged bodies. The method emphasised calm to over come aggression, soft to control hard and skill against inexperience. These concepts created the foundation of Tai Chi. The Tai Chi sect remained at the Shaolin temple until its destruction. Around the turn of the 18th century a high level Tai Chi monk called Jiang Fa traveled through the Chen family village to visit his relatives in a distant mountain. He ended up staying and teaching the villages Tai Chi, the families living in the village were called Yang, Chen, Wu and Sun. The family names represent each families interpretation of the Monks teachings and later become the names of the first Tai Chi branches. We teach the Yang branch of Tai Chi, this is the branch that made Tai Chi famous, bringing it to the worlds attention. In 1931 Yang Cheng Fu taught this once secret style in Hong Kong to hundreds of people. Before this it was kept only to his family members in the village. From Hong Kong it spread world wide to become a massive international movement. Yang Cheng Fu’s top student was Hu Yuen Chou, he then taught the well known Tai Chi Grandmaster Huang Dehui who taught Niel. This makes Niel a 3rd generation master from Yang Cheng Fu, this is a rare lineage making Niel one of the most unique Tai Chi teachers in the UK.
Niel loves his Tai Chi practice, dedicating at least four hours per week to his own study and refining each movement. Niel also enjoys leading his Tai Chi students through their movement patterns. The Tai Chi patterns are call forms. Niel said "When Tai Chi forms are performed in a synchronised group it feels great and looks fantastic."
In 2006 the Chinese government put forward Tai Chi as an Olympic event for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. For this they hosted a Tai Chi tournament called the “ 1st World Cup Tai Chi Championship". With thousands of competitors from over 30 countries and tens of thousands of spectators, it was an incredible event. Niel came 4th it’s just a shame Tai Chi was not excepted by the Olympic committee.