Tai Chi (Lam Style) Intermediate

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 40 Conc £20 Full £50 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 16:05 - 17:05 11 MAC 19/09/2019 05/12/2019 AW1175
Thursday 16:05 - 17:05 11 MAC 09/01/2020 26/03/2020 AW2175
Thursday 16:05 - 17:05 11 MAC 23/04/2020 09/07/2020 AW3115

What will the course cover?

Once learners can practice the sequence of the Small Circle Form without prompting, each learner can develop their skill at their own pace. As well as extending their range of preparatory exercises learners will explore some of the subtler aspects of the Small Circle form. They will be introduced to simple Chi Kung practices and movements from Master Lam’s original Tai Chi form. On completion of this 3-part course learners may repeat all or part of it as agreed with the tutor, progress to a course in Master Lam’s original Tai Chi form (not offered by Hammersmith & Fulham ALLS at present) and then on to study at intermediate level, opt for independent practice or explore related arts. Improved practice and understanding of exercise systems learnt as beginners Improved practice and understanding of the Small Circle Tai Chi form with emphasis on relaxation, co-ordination and balance. Movements from the Original Lam Tai Chi form

Who is the course for?

This course is for learners over 50 who have successfully completed the entire Agewell beginners course and feel ready to extend and improve their practice of this art. N.B. This is not an intermediate level course as defined by the Lam Association.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Ability to practice the Small Circle Tai Chi form independently at a basic level. Ability to practise Golden Ball exercises, basic relaxation exercises and Ba Duan Jin

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Practice a range of relaxing and energising exercises Demonstrate understanding of how they are grouped Practice the complete Small Circle Tai Chi foprm with confidence Practice all, or part of the Original Lam form, (depending on experience). Work towards agreed learning goals Tai Chi is said to relax the body, calm the mind and lift the spirit. Learners report many and varied benefits which they attribute to regular practice. The most common of these are improved ability to cope with stress, and improved mobility and balance.

How is the course organised?

This course is a minimum 2 academic years' duration. it is designed to introduce learners to the Original Lam Tai Chi form at a comfortable pace. Learners can progress from the Agewell beginners course at the start of each autumn term. At the same time as extending their range of movements learners are encoursged to improve their practice of the Small Circle form and their understanding of the art as a whole.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Regular practise between classes contributes greatly towards the sucessful completion of this course.

How will my progress be assessed?

Each learner will complete a health questionnaire and an initial assessment from which individual targets/challenges will be set. No formal assessment but your progress will be tracked against the course learning outcomes and your personal targets. Self assessment may also be required.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

You can continue to learn and progress within the same class. You can practise your exercises and Tai Chi forms independently You can try out other Agewell classes You can join a mainstream Tai Chi class.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Normal Agewell costs apply. Please wear loose comfortable clothing and flat, flexible soled shoes that do not restrict ankle movement. Books may be recommended but there is no required reading. You may also be informed about Tai Chi events but will be under no obligation to attend. Please also bring water with you.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details are available from the ALSS course guide and from teaching or reception staff.