Who's online

We have 66 guests and one member online

Inspirational Quotes


Bob Davies
Bob Davies
Founder & Director
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 175 1282
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 077 6553
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming events

Sat 23 Sep 05:30am
Todejutsu (SA)
Sat 30 Sep 05:30am
Todejutsu (SA)
Sat 7 Oct 05:30am
Todejutsu (SA)
Sat 14 Oct 05:30am
Todejutsu (SA)
Sat 21 Oct 05:30am
Todejutsu (SA)

Wu-Shin Chi-Dao Foundation for Self-Development

When the quality of instruction and authenticity of content matters


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.

Internal Ways T"ai Chi for Health

The origins of the slow and graceful movements of the Chinese art of T’ai Chi can be found in an effective self-defence art; but T’ai Chi also combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine, and is now largely taught for its numerous health benefits.

T’ai Chi probably needs little introduction in New Zealand because the flowing set of moves is readily recognised thanks to the ACC-sponsored fall-prevention classes run around the country.

Scientific research

Scientists say that the full benefits of this form of low intensity aerobic exercise, combined with preforming a fairly complex set of movements and focused concentration, needs further study but research to date shows that T’ai Chi can improve:

·       Balance  

·       Cardiovascular health

·       Bone health.

Studies found a 40% reduction in falls (and associated medical costs and mortality) in people who did T’ai Chi regularly, and results from research in Asia showed that regular T’ai Chi practice slows the thinning of bones in women, delaying the onset of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Other studies have shown benefits for people with Parkinson’s and chronic pulmonary disease.

Other health benefits

Because T’ai Chi involves a combination of movement, breathing, focused attention, visualisation, and a psychosocial component through interactions with teachers and fellow students, the benefits of practising T’ai Chi include:

·       Reduced stress and anxiety, and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

·       Improvement in memory and concentration

·       Increased mobility, flexibility, physical dexterity and reduced joint pain

·       Feeling more energised, alive and positive about life

·       A stronger immune system and ability to cope with disorders exacerbated by stress

·       An improved sense of wellbeing, better quality of life, and increased stamina

·       Increased leg strength and improved muscle tone throughout the body.

Also called meditation in motion, the intensity of T’ai Chi can be varied to an individual’s age and needs by appropriately qualified teachers – and is suitable for adults and senior citizens.


There are a number of modified forms of T'ai Chi (for seniors, for arthritis, for... just about anything). While these will provide some benefit (just as any exercise is beneficial) not all T'ai Chi (as taught today) will necessarily be able to convey all these benefits.

02 May 2015, 23:47