at 175, Latrobe Terrace, Geelong, 3220 Australia
A small group of Traditional Yang style practitioners. Our Tai Chi Practitioners enjoy relaxation, fitness, meditation and self defense moves.
Geelong Tai Chi @ AAHL @ Karingal Services @ Belmont Senior Citizen's Centre @ Geelong West Neighborhood House @ Kardinia In'tl College @ Kalkee Aged Care
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Singapore Keep fit Tai Chi 18 easy to do, easy to learn moving slowly to keep fit.
" Some years back, we began practicing a standing post meditation by the shore line. I had my camera around my neck because I feared sand damage if I set it down. Almost immediately I realized I was in the presence of a large flock of oversized pelicans. They were playing in the water, probably feeding on fish just beyond the tubes, over which water was constantly flowing. They would swoop by me, splash after some fish, then settle down and float on the rough water as easily as a duck swims on a placid pond. They would hang around for a while, then fly around in a circle, come back, and do it again. Seeing the pattern, I determined to get some closeup pictures of the pelicans. I turned on my camera and set it to the most power zoom setting - which made it hard to frame a photo as the birds flew quickly by. In fact, the more I tried to get the picture, the less they flew by. Even though I never moved from where I was standing, even though all I did was try to use my camera, it was as if they knew what I was doing and did not want to be photographed. I realized it was as if nature, or the Tao, was gently telling me not to "want" so much. I turned my camera off and put it down on a protected spot. I returned to the water's edge and practiced taiji for an hour. During that hour I was treated to a marvelous front-row seat of pelicans in action, often swooping only a few feet in front of me. They were showing off! The moment the camera went away, they returned. This experienced reminded me of an important lesson from the Tao: wanting is often counterproductive. Wanting too much can turn lovesick people into stalkers and gluttons into thieves. Wanting speaks to desire, which springs from ego. Learning only becomes possible when we open our minds and detach our egos, thereby removing preconceived notions that exist in service to our desires. Practicing taiji can be this way for beginners, especially those still learning the sequence of the form. We want that sequence so badly that we cannot hope to comprehend it beyond the rote of steps. Only after we give up our desire for "learning the form" can we truly learn it, but with this warning: our lack of desire must be coupled with continued, and renewed, intent. How to intend to do something without having an egotistic desire to do it -- that is a subject for another time. Meanwhile, think about it. " Dale & Geof
SKF TAI CHI 18 - we had another session today. This moving form was designed to be one of the easier moving Tai Chi forms. And, it certainly, was with the players finding it easy to do the first 4 steps. At this rate we'll be finishing in no time at all and well into looking very fluid like when we play Tai Chi.
Singapore Keep Fit Tai Chi Shibashi (18) started. Come along to this session even if you are not a senior. It's on monday, sponsored by the Belmont Senior Citizens Club 52 Thomson street Belmont. It's only $5 and you can have tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards!! Every Monday 9 am to 10 am. You know the beauty about this class, no one cares if you make mistakes or forget or shuffle along(well they don't, but you can). Don't miss this! If you got the time just after you drop the kids to school. Tell your friends, better still come with someone wanting to start to get fit. Grab a senior and take them with you. Don't wait for Seniors Week in October, here it's every week. Plus, you get to see some really cool movies by the seniors. A great start to the week!
We had a great class! Learning the 15 minute warmup took 25 minutes but next week it will be 15 minutes. And, we all started the first 4 moves of 24. Few were a bit shaky but got into it after a while. After all, this was the first time for some! Notes to myself: got to get into a better position to see what is going on, have to remember the breathing AND moving really slow. But it was awkward to move like that sometimes. Yes, it's a start we all made mistakes if we didn't we wouldn't have been learning would we - there's something I could learn from you and something we could learn from each other.
New Year Resolution Tai Chi people see you tonight!
Belmont Seniors started up Singapore Keep Fit Tai Chi and we went off to a flying start! See you next week 9 am!!
Most of the older Tai Chi teachers stand up straight and walk tall. So it makes you wonder is it the balance or the balance of Qi? Or, is it the regular practice of the forms that move your muscles, tune your joints, stroke the bones and replenish the nutrients to your body. Maybe those nutrients are sent to the bones and your body structure is maintained. Maybe?
Tai Chi players are water benders: “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” By Bruce Lee
New Year Resolution Tai Chi of 9 weeks for $90 - what you will get? 1. A 2 minute exercise that you can use anytime of the day as a break for computer screen tension! 2. A great 15 minute joint and body warm up you can use for any activity; 3. You will be introduced to Qi Gong. 4. The tai chi forms will activate your meridians improving your lymphatic system. 5. It is a slow entry into fitness. 6. It will help you relax and meditate. 7. It will help your strength and balance. 8. You will learn self defense. 9. Some will feel the tai chi magic! Afterwhich, our normal 7 week terms continue... , please email to confirm your place to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weather's fine and the fireworks on Corio Bay off Port Phillip Bay will be set to go off tonight we'll be watching in wonderment too. Our thoughts and prayers will be for those who are far away - Be well and keep safe - May the Qi protect and surround you. If you are looking up at the sky tonight you might see a little star twinkle in a prosperous new year for you!
Christ the King Primary School Mental Health Day - 9th September 2014 Getting into the spirit of things with Tai Chi for kids in Newcomb!
Doing stick tai chi with the Belmont seniors gang. Almost magical moves by them we haven't finished but when we do, each one will be doing it to their personal satisfaction.
Puzzling about responses to Tai Chi - do you need a teacher to show you or can you do it from the internet? We had one person come for a lesson and then leave only to say they learnt more from the internet! Another wanting paper instructions for each move. Another wanting a DVD instead. All you can buy online or in a martial arts shop! The chi may find you but only with someone else the chi will be transferred. Our energy fields need to connect in symphony for it to be a beautiful song from the heart. When you come to tai chi, it's like learning how to play in an orchestra, the first moves are in trepidation, slowly, bit by bit, the fingers get it, then then toes. Friends, players it is not easy to flow like a river, The Ganges starts high in the mountains from one drop of dew or a melting snow, then slowly joining with all the other drops to become a mighty river. You stand in awe as you see the river flow into the sea. Did that one drop impress you? Flow like a river, dance like the wind. But when it all stops, where, are, you? All alone in your chi waiting to join another chi. Tai Chi.
When you come tonight 630pm to play with us, you will see what is in store for you. A group of seniors will be practising the sword or fan or 108 sharing what they know, how they approached it and how to move. Some will look deadly serious as they learn a new map or a new form, they will look worried as they see others do tai chi with style and grace. BUT, everyone would have started the same way, at St Paul's Church hall 175 Latrobe street, geelong we all make mistakes. The teacher often says that if you come to Tai Chi and you don't make mistakes then don't come any more because you would have learnt it all! And, if you mistakes, smile, Smile when you start and smile when you play with us. No one will mind, sometimes there will be a twinkle in someone's else's eyes too. That's not an inward smile its just a knowing, a connection within. Come join us in the spirit of things!
Woven into the fabric of our lessons is Qi Gong. While not explicitly mentioned our Grandmaster Khor and our instructors teach and show how the forms, exercise and form maps are resplendent with Qi Gong. So if you are doing Tai Chi anywhere else ensure that this essential energy component is available. To some people this may seem to be the esoteric part of chinese exercise routines that require special training and language. This Qi Gong energy fields that we activate in class are not noticed until there is some skill in playing Tai Chi with us.
Two have completed the Phoenix Fan Routine, what a joy to see this happening in St Paul's Church Hall, 175 Latrobe Terrace.
Follow along this morning to the Belmont Seniors Tai Chi (54 Thomson Road Belmont) starting at 9am