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A Chinese martial art known for its slow fluid style and soothing movements. Tai Chi is typically practiced for a variety of reasons including balance, co-ordination and its association with an increased sense of wellbeing and relaxation. Similar to Qigong it is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance ‘qi’ -translated as “life energy” in Chinese. Today, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern.
Stephen Lim is the head of Lim’s Martial Arts. Founded by the Late Grandmaster Akira Lim and continued by Stephen, his son. Lim’s Tai Chi is predominantly influenced by the first main form of Yang Tai Chi- the Yang 108 Long Form, which can take up to 2 years to learn! In Stephen’s classes, the main emphasis is to work on quality of movement. Stephen also encourages all his students to learn patience, to be relaxed, and to let go of everything, being completely focused on the ‘now’ during their practice.
Qigong (pronounced chee gong) is a system of coordinated body-posture, movement, breathing, and meditation that has been part of traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts for centuries. Qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance ‘qi’ -translated as “life energy” in Chinese. Qigong practice typically involves slow-flowing movement and rhythmic breathing, helping to ease the body, soothe the nervous system and calm the mind. It is an ideal accompaniment to a Tai Chi practice or alone as a meditative and gentle form of movement.
Devdan began Tai Chi in the early 1980s while a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He returned to Tai Chi in the mid-1990s and studied with the late Master Akira Lim. Today, he continues to study Tai Chi and Kung Fu with Stephen Lim, the current master of the Lim School of Martial Arts. Devdan now practices and teaches Tai Chi, Tai Chi sword and Qigong (Chi Kung) and various forms of Kung Fu.
Tai Chi (alongside other forms of exercise that emphasize balance and functional exercises, plus resistance exercises) has been shown to reduce falls in older adults. For more information click here.