Tai Chi (Lam Style) Beginners

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 13:55 - 14:55 11 MAC 19/09/2019 05/12/2019 AW1170
Thursday 13:55 - 14:55 11 MAC 09/01/2020 26/03/2020 AW2170
Thursday 13:55 - 14:55 11 MAC 23/04/2020 09/07/2020 AW3170

What will the course cover?

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese exercise system that relaxes the body calms the mind and lifts the spirit. It is suitable for those who enjoy good health as well as those with health problems. Regular practice is known to build up resistance to illness and alleviate symptoms of many chronic conditions.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners over 50 who have little or no prior experience of Tai Chi. It is part one of a 3-part course.

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

No skills, knowlegde or experience is required

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

Practice a range of relaxing and energising exercises Deomnstrate some understanding of the uses and benefits of the exercises taught Practice some classical Tai Chi movements independently Work towards agreed individual goals By the end of the course most learners can practice the complete Small Circle form when working within a group. Many can do so independently and with confidence. 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 offers an introduction to Tai Chi without pressure to remember a long sequence of movements. The principles of the art are introduced through carefully selected sets of exercises. Classical Tai Chi movements are first learned in their own right and can be adapted to learners' individual needs. Later they are linked in an introduction to the Small Circle form.

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

No extra practise is required but 10-15 minutes of Tai Chi per day is a good habit to get into.

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?

TAI CHI (TAJIQUAN): AGEWELL BEGINNERS PART TWO COURSE CODE THURSDAYS 1.45 - 2.45 11 WEEKS starting January 8th 2015 This is the second part of a 3-part course for learners over 50. Building on experience gained in part 1 learners will be introduced to the second section of Master Lam’s small circle form. TAI CHI (TAJIQUAN): AGEWELL BEGINNERS PART THREE COURSE CODE THURSDAYS 1.45 - 2.45 11 WEEKS starting April 23rd 2015 The third part of a 3-part course for learners over 50. Building on experience gained from parts 1 and 2 learners will be introduced to the final section of Master Lam’s Small Circle form. There will be time at the end of this course to reinforce the year’s learning. Learners can then either progress to the Agewell Improvers course or repeat all or part of this course until they feel ready to progress.

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