What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is studied in the West for its unique health benefits.
Its root is as an internal martial art which emphasizes working with ones internal energy and softness, with less emphasize on muscle strength. It helps generate a strong flow of chi, it aids chi’s circulation and most importantly it works to balance chi (energy) both within ones body and with the surrounding environment.
It consists of a series of usually slow movements in a specific sequence. The movements are fluid, with natural and comfortable postures. Making it suitable for all ages and abilities. When practiced correctly what looks soft is actually strong, and when combined with spirit and intent energy flows freely creating effortless power.
It is truly an exercise of the mind, body and spirit.
What is Qigong?
Qigong, which is closely related to Tai Chi, combines various postures with breathing techniques to strengthen and allow Qi (energy) to flow within the body.
In Qigong there may be no movement, movements may be very gentle, or at times more vigorous. Some movements are very large; others are subtler almost not seen at all. Exercises may be carried out standing or at times sitting. The deeper one practices the more you can understand the purpose of each movement and the very specific effect on body and mind.
Even a small amount of regular practice can have the most profound effects.
Both Tai Chi and Qigong are linked to the study of Acupuncture and Acupressure and the bodies Meridian lines.
Some self-massage techniques are also taught with this in mind.
- Calming and clarity of the mind
- An overall feeling of peace and tranquility
- A highly increased internal awareness and that of one’s’ surroundings
- A deep strengthening of the whole body
- Reduced stress levels
- Increased energy levels
- A rejuvenating and invigorating effect
- Improved health and general feeling of well being
- The ability to be focused and in the present
- The ability to lift ones sprit and have a brighter more balanced outlook on life
- Help with many existing health problems
Tai Chi & QiGong Classes in Athens
No previous experience is required. People of all faiths, ages and ability, even those with disabilities, can study both arts.
Please note all classes are given in English.
Tai Chi classes in Athens
Location ~ 42 Zone. Ag.Anargiron 16. Psyri. This is in a very safe popular area 5 minutes walk from Monastiraki Metro.
Classes – On Mondays and Fridays from 7.00pm for 1.5 hours. ( First class Friday 18th October 2019)
These will consist of mainly Tai Chi with some Qigong warm ups. In particular these classes will work on the principles of Tai Chi and various Tai Chi sequences. These forms are based on the Alex Dong curriculum and include.
- The Long Form (Slow Form) – The main form studied
- The Broadsword form
- The Advanced Broadsword form
- The Straight Sword
- Fast form
- Fa Jing form
- Hao form
- Stick form
Please contact me before coming or for more details by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Drop in lessons are 10 Euros each
~ Two Tai Chi classes per week. 50 Euros per month Please note if a class is missed the payment is not refunded.
Lydia Tilianaki, Senior Taiji instructor of Master Alex Dong Taiji Legacy, Founder pf Taiji Nea Smyrni
I have known Brian more than 25 years. He is a hard working Taiji practitioner really committed to the art. He is serious and also a calm and good hearted person. He never gives up and although difference of circumstances his commitment never changes. He is a very clear teacher and very supportive.
Yiannis Zoumproulis, Senior instructor of master Alex Dong (Dong Style Tai Chi). Founder & Head Instructor of Athens Tai Chi Chuan Association
I met Brian in London in 2004 at Alex’s Dong workshop. Since then I meet him at least once a year at Alex’s workshops around the world. Brian is a good friend and a tai chi brother. He is very committed and very serious in tai chi in practicing and teaching. He is a sincere person and he loves what he’s doing.
I met Brian 7 years ago at Taiji workshop in Croatia.
In that time I was a beginner and Brian with his gentle, patient, calm way,helped me to practice more serious and improve my tai chi. Since then he improved his teaching even more.
Brian is a highly skilled, attentive and patient instructor and both beginners and advanced students can benefit hugely from his classes. He makes adjustments kindly and accurately and is very impassioned to share all his knowledge and skill. Whether it’s about simple things as improving your posture, reducing knee/ back pain, or gaining deeper insight into the principles of Taiji and honing your skill, Brian is the best.
I have been greatly privileged to have had the chance to study Taiji under him and would warmly recommend his classes to everyone.