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Bob Davies
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 175 1282
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 077 6553
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Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development


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Self-Defence

Short courses and on-going classes for men and women. Practical and effective training designed for adults. Contact us for more information.

Take Control

Interested in a four-week Community Self-Defence Course? Sign up if you would like information about our next course.

Corporate Classes

Improve your business performace with our range of corporate instruction options - at your premises, or ours. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

T'ai Chi and Qigong

We also offer Corporate Classes focusing on Wellness and Stress Management. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Learn a Classical Sword Art

Sharpen your mind and reflexes; Improve your ability to strategise and plan. Put the validated MBA principles of the Art of War and Book of Five Rings into practice with Tenshindo.

Tai Chi

On-going classes are held in Christchurch and Oxford. Join us for a free trail class.

Manage escalating levels of Conflict

Wu-Shin Todejutsu is an effective all-round, integrated system of Civilian Self-Defence that teaches you to manage escalating levels of conflict (armed and unarmed) with minimum force.

Stretch yourself - and grow

Our training is Practical and Effective... and it's geared towards Self-Development. Join us to stretch your body and your mind, and achieve more in life.

Improve your flexibility, strength, and balance

Our training will improve your flexibility, strength, and balance - both physically and mentally - making you more capable, confident, and adept.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Christchurch-tai-chiT'ai Chi Ch'uan, often called tai chi or taiji, is an 'internal or soft' Chinese civilian defensive art which offers a gentle form of whole-body isometric exercise. It is perfect for increasing your strength, flexibility, balance and well-being – naturally and gently.

We take pride in offering detailed and personalised instruction in small classes -- we're nothing like the typical "join in and follow along as best you can" classes. Comprehensive notes are available.

 

 

T'ai Chi Ch'uan, often called tai chi or taiji, is an 'internal or soft' Chinese civilian defensive art system, well recognised for promoting excellent health, relaxation, invigoration and rejuvenation.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan, as taught by the T'ai Chi Institute of Health (a division of the Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development), follows a traditional 'tried-and-tested' curriculum of training and development - moving progressively through a concentration on the external movements to a concentration on the internal factors of the art.

We are horrified by, and intensely critical of, the growing trend of 'weekend specialists/experts' who begin teaching this deep and complex art (essentially teaching a choreographed sequence only) without the appropriate and necessary lengthy period of apprenticeship under a qualified teacher.

While Wu-Shin T'ai Chi Ch'uan is, in reality, a 'soft' defensive art for mature men and women, it is taught and practised largely as a series of precise but slow-flowing movements and postures more for the many health and relaxation benefits than for self-defence. However, the defensive themes, the effective understanding of energy mobilisation, and the various applications are explained in order to promote an appreciation of the form and its functionality; but these are not practised in drill format.

Our Wu-Shin T'ai Chi Ch'uan offers a gentle form of isometric exercise (with no jarring like you would experience in running or aerobics) that can be regulated to your own physical condition. It is the perfect exercise for young and old alike, which, under our caring personal guidance, increases your strength and flexibility naturally and gently. Wu-Shin T'ai Chi Ch'uan is taught to a background of soothing music and concentrates on achieving personal tranquility and de-stressing with slow, deep breathing leading naturally to improved health and increased longevity. When practiced regularly, T'ai Chi Ch'uan is the most effective form of 'internal cleansing' available.

Wu-Shin T'ai Chi Ch'uan is also considered to be an excellent practise of 'mediation in motion'; it brings a deep sense of inner peace and well-being after only a short period of appropriate study. We teach the original Yang Style Long Form of T'ai Chi Ch'uan (108 moves) of Yang Chen-Fu and place great emphasis on developing a deep understanding of the nature and expression of the art.

Our syllabus includes the study of Tui Shou and San Shou at appropriate levels aiding the understanding of the 'defensive themes' of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.

Read more in T'ai Chi - Meditation in Motion.

Classes in Oxford

 Introductory classes are held:

 On Monday at 11.30am at the JC Rooms and 6.00pm at the A&P Rooms at the Town Hall.

 Intermediate classes are held at:

The Town Hall at 7pm on Wednesdays and 5.15pm on Sundays.

 

Classes in Christchurch

Classes in Christchurch are likely to resume in 2018

 

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY: Minimum age - 16 years.

First class FREE - no obligation. Join us and find out more about Tai Chi.

UPDATE 

Shaz's first two books in a series of e-books on Yang-style T'ai Chi are available in the Kindle bookstore - Yang-style T'ai Chi: A basic guide and Yang-style T'ai Chi: An intermediate guide

 

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