Newcastle Tai Chi

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What is tai chi?

When most people say 'tai chi' they mean tai chi for health. Tai chi for health is a simplified, movement-based exercise adapted from taijiquan (a Chinese martial art).
Tai chi is intended to improve health and wellbeing through regular practice using low effort. No sweating. No exertion. No taxing the body. We exercise both the body and the brain.

Isn't tai chi just slow motion exercise?
No. Some of the training methods are slow, and some are not. Slow motion movement, chilled out exercise or dance cannot be considered tai chi.

Not all tai chi is equal. Just as there are different models of cars, makes of computers and universities of varying calibres, so too are there different kinds of tai chi.

(Bruce Frantzis)

Tai chi for fitness

A cross-training approach: qigong, form, partner work, core strength, psoas work, leg stretches, cardio training and Taoist Yoga for moderate, varied exercise.


Yang style taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist) is an advanced kung fu system based on the yin/yang principle. This fluid, dynamic, exciting martial art involves a wide range of 'counter-intuitive' methods.
The taijiquan fighting method is thought-provoking and insightful; with lessons about living as well as about fighting. There is nothing macho, aggressive, confrontational or competitive about taijiquan.

A balanced approach

Taijiquan follows the rules of nature, recorded hundreds (if not thousands) of years ago. Students explore biomechanics, technical skills, martial application, weaponry and unarmed combat.
Health, fitness, strength, wellbeing, character development and philosophical study are just as important as combat skills.
The benefits of taijiquan are medically proven and long-lasting.

Invest in your wellbeing

The three doctors who wrote The Okinawa Program maintain that tai chi - with its ancient origins and incredible health benefits - is the ideal form of exercise for modern people of all ages:

  1. Age with dignity and grace

  2. Stay calm

  3. Develop your memory skills

  4. Mindfulness

  5. Boost energy

  6. Increased brain activity

  7. Better focus/concentration

  8. Cultivate an unusual form of strength

  9. Improved joint function

  10. Feel balanced

  11. Increased stamina and endurance

  12. Release deeply-held muscular tension

  13. Improved circulation

  14. Meditation & awareness

  15. Increased flexibility

  16. Coordination

  17. Learn to relax naturally

  18. Improved poise and posture

  19. Avoid strain, exertion and exaggeration

  20. 'Motor learning' - how we use our bodies, the way in which we move, the processes involved

Welcome to our
tai chi school

Have fun in a calm, vibrant, training environment; free from bullying, cliques and politics. The atmosphere is friendly and stimulating. Individual progress is important to us.
We have a detailed tai chi syllabus in place in order to optimise the learning experience. Both of our instructors are registered with The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
The senior instructor has been practicing since 1975, teaching since 1995.


Most people come to our classes because they are seeking to learn tai chi properly and recognise that this is by far the best tai chi in the North East.




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Page created 3 November 1995
Last updated 17 April 2019

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