At our school, we teach the traditional tai chi forms with over 80 moves that take approximately 25 to 30 minutes to perform. We do not teach the shorter forms like the Simplified or 24 Form routine because these forms were created for the purpose of competition to be completed in a very short time. Many are intimidated by the traditional long forms, unsure if they can learn or remember so many moves. This is when a good teaching system can make a difference in your learning experience.
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My passion for teaching developed only after Master Liang Bao Sen gave me the opportunity to teach in 2004 at the Richmond Hill school. Teaching tai chi brought a different level of understanding and knowledge that I otherwise would not have gained. I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. My greatest joy is watching a student finally understand a concept both in mind and body.
Back pain has become an epidemic in Western society. Four out of five Canadian adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Myalgia—muscle pain—in the back is sometimes caused by injury. More frequently it is a consequence of the modern, post-war urban lifestyle. The human body wasn’t meant to sit stationary for lengthy durations. Yet, the modern Western lifestyle requires us to remain seated in classrooms and offices for extended periods.
Recreational and utilitarian bicycling is experiencing a resurgence in cities across North America, including Toronto. The growing interest in cycling has prompted events like Bike Month—a month-long celebration of cycling in Greater Toronto and Hamilton that kicked off on May 30th. Cities worldwide are being forced to re-examine their infrastructure and prompting Toronto to develop a 10-year plan to expand its cycling network.
For those who are enthusiastic about learning the martial arts form of Tai Chi, we provide comprehensive martial arts training both in form and biomechanics, such as the unique push/pull or yin/yang flow of energy movement used in Tai Chi as a form of martial arts. These techniques could prove invaluable when applied to our everyday personal well-being – from preventing lower back and other injuries, to knowing how to use our bodies for improved strength, endurance and flexibility.