Chen-style tai chi classes in Castlebar

Chen-style tai chi, which is the oldest form of tai chi and the source of all other major styles, is one of the most popular forms of tai chi in the world today.

Tai chi chuan is accessible to all ages and physical abilities and can be practised on many levels, from a simple 'meditative' exercise to a realistic martial art. Aside from promoting the flow of qi energy tai chi chuan can also help to increase flexibility, suppleness, and exercise the muscles. The smooth, gentle, movements also aid relaxation and help to keep the mind calm and focused. These benefits are extremely useful in today's stressful society and tai chi is recognised by the HSE as a means to promote good health and can be practised by all people regardless of age, sex, or level of fitness. No specialist equipment or clothing are required.

Chen-style tai chi is a sequence of movements that combine soft and hard, with fast and slow action, in a balanced and natural way that adheres to the philosophical principles of yin and yang.

A free class, talk, and demonstration will be held on Monday April 16 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm at Castlebar Sports Complex (An Sportlann ) McHale Road, Castlebar. Beginners’ classes commence on Monday April 23 from 8.30pm to 10pm.

Instructor Arend Wijmenga is one of only a few fully qualified instructors in Ireland today. Arend studies with well-known masters and grandmasters and has obtained his fourth dan-grade in this art of movement. Arend is also recognised by the Chinese Wushu Association as an international instructor.

For more information, or to book a place for the course, contact Arend on 094 936 7536.

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