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Bob Davies
Bob Davies
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 077 6553
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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.

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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 The advantages of T'ai Chi

To an observer, T’ai Chi appears to be a series of slow, flowing, relaxing movements – almost a graceful slow motion ballet – where some of the moves hint at self-defence applications. But, it is far more than that.

Meditation AND Medication in Motion

T'ai Chi exercises every muscle, joint and organ in the body and removes the blockages in our chi (energy flow) created by worry and excess tension or stress. In addition to promoting physical dexterity and flexibility, it teaches a flexible and yielding response to confrontation and promotes balance, harmony and peace in daily life. It teaches us to use just the right amount of effort to accomplish something, to go with the flow and still achieve. T’ai Chi teaches us to be effective by working within the environment in which we find ourselves, and within our own body limits, rather that to use brute force to be successful.

Because of the slow and gentle nature of T’ai Chi it offers a thorough form of exercise with little risk of injury. All the movements are slow and controlled and executed within the ability of the individual practising it. There is no sudden jarring that can cause injury, just gentle isometric training... and there's no need to buy special equipment. All you need is comfortable clothing that allows free movement.

23 April 2013, 21:54

Internal Ways T'ai Chi - Meditation in Motion

Regardless of the weather and the temperature, if you happened to make an early morning visit to any of the parks in China, you would see a large number of people on their way to work stop off at the park to practice T'ai Chi Ch'uan. They go through the T'ai Chi form early in the morning and again later in the afternoon - as regularly and as often as you would brush your teeth or have a bath or shower. For them it is a daily internal cleansing routine - a way of life.

Literally translated, T'ai Chi Ch'uan (or taijiquan - often abbreviated to tai chi or taiji) means "supreme ultimate fist". Legend has it that T'ai Chi originated in China some 5,000 years ago as a self-defence art. The most popular creation story is that of T'ai Chi's (possibly mythical) founder Chang San Feng, a Taoist monk, who is said to have devised the moves after watching a fight between a crane and a snake.

18 April 2013, 00:46