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Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan in Chania

Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan lessons in Chania:

Monday*: 19:00 – 19:30 : Dao Yin (Daoist Yoga) | 19:30 – 20:30 : Yang Family Long Form (103 moves)

Wednesday*: 20:30 – 21:00 : Advanced Training – Applications | 19:00 – 19:30 : Yang Family Long Form (103 moves) | 19:30 – 20:30 : Pushing Hands.

Friday*: 20:30 – 21:00 : Advanced Training – Applications | 18:00 – 19:00 : Dao Yin (Daoist Yoga) | 19:00 – 20:00 : Sword.

*Temporary schedule. It will be finalized after discussion with students
Dao Yin (Daoist Yoga) – Qi Gong: Exercises for health and well being, which were created for Chinese emperor Qi An Long and collected and analyzed scientifically in the Sports University of Beijing. Their purpose is to exercise and improve the functioning of the body with targeted exercises whose purpose is to correct and improve specific parts of the body(lungs, heart, shoulders, feet…), with emphasis in acupuncture points. For beginners and advanced students. Yang Family Long Form (103 movements): Form refers to a sequence of movements. Yang Family Long Form is executed at standard speed, without interruption. Its’ purpose is to learn how to move naturally, without tension, unifying and using the whole body as one, like when we first learned to walk as children. It also teaches us to hold the best position, with respect to body mechanics, in whichever movement we ask of it to perform. This form has specially good results to our health, the brain, but also the soul, because due to the slow execution, it trains our body, as well as our brain and leads to a state of calm and reduction of stress. The results of this exercise have been well documented and proven by medical research, and are the subject of research in hospitals and universities, from China, to the US, Brazil and throughout the world. In communist China, when the government ordered to research all types of exercise, to determine the most effective in keeping its aging population healthy, due to the high health cost, the result was specifically Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. For beginners and advanced students. Pushing Hands : Cooperative exercise between two partners, through specific movements, where the practitioner learns to neutralize the opponent’s energy, while holding an advantage over their position. It is the link between martial training and the form. With pushing hands, one gets the ability of recognizing the position and condition of another person, just by touching him. For beginners and advanced students. Advanced Training – Applications: Training in explosive energy (Fajin) and in defense and attack techniques, and advanced form and pushing hands applications. For advanced students. Sword: Traditional Yang Family 67 Move sword. For advanced students.

Why Tai Chi Chuan.

The world we live in, and the constant need to adapt continuously in alternating situations makes it impossible to keep ourselves balanced and calm. The purpose of practicing Tai Chi Chuan is to help develop sensitivity to external forces that affect us physically, mentally and emotionally. With time, dedication and continuous practice you can increase your alertness, flexibility and sensitivity, and bring back to your life those quiet moments that you missed under the pressure of time. Tai Chi Chuan will give you a center of balance and a stable base. When the body is physically relaxed it is strong and when the mind is at peace spiritually, everything in life becomes easier and flows naturally. Of course problems will not disappear by doing Tai Chi Chuan, but they will not control your life again. In the old days (the first historically accurate references to Tai Chi Chuan appear in 17th century) the main reason for someone to learn martial arts was to be able to defend himself in battlefield. Tai Chi Chuan was the martial art that was taught to the imperial guards by ‘Yang the invincible’ who started Yang family Tai Chi Chuan. But times have changed. Self-defense has become a less necessary target for most people. The effectiveness of any martial art can be measured by the wisdom that brings with it. The martial and spiritual aspects of Tai Chi Chuan develop with practice, but we may not notice them at the beginning, as we slowly become aware of who we are. Who is the enemy, the one who attacks us and we fear so much and have to defeat him? No one but ourselves. Life is a modern “battlefield” and a strong mind not the martial techniques will bring victory. Tai Chi Chuan is an art of self-defense for life that trains us to cope with the pressures and tensions of everyday life with a balanced and effective manner.