Member of the Chen Xiao Wang World Tai Chi Chuan Association and the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
The Bristol School of Tai Chi and association was formed in 1995 and offers courses in Chen style Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gung and other aspects of the Chinese internal arts. The school follows a traditional Chinese approach to teaching.
Ben Milton, the chief instructor (full time), has been practising Tai Chi for over forty years both in the UK and overseas. He is a direct linage 20th generation disciple of Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang, and holder of a 5th degree Duan Wei from the Chinese Wushu Association.
The school has a number of instructors who offer classes both in Bristol and around the country as well as overseas. Some of them have gone on to form there own schools of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is a simple exercise, which can be beneficial to everyone, old and young alike. Taking the established wisdom of the Chinese over four centuries the techniques of Tai Chi seek to establish a balanced and relaxed body structure. Many people suffer from poor posture and could benefit from an increased awareness of their body. Tai Chi exercises aim to redress the imbalances by improving the co-ordination and structure of the body.
In the first few months of study and practice of Tai Chi, the practitioner becomes increasingly aware of the improvement in the movement and control of the body. Practice of Tai Chi can help to reduce stress and some minor physical problems like backache and weak joints. It has been known for a long time that Tai Chi has positive health implications and that the exercises improve both mental and physical disposition.
Many students study Tai Chi for its excellent health benefits alone. For students also interested in the martial arts there are also opportunities to study this side of the art. Typically the classes cover Chen Tai Chi Basics (including Chi Kung) and short from in the 1st class, the 2nd class covers long form as well as traditional weapons forms. The weapons and push hands are taught in a separate class.
The schools curriculum covers
the following :
6 warm up exercises Standing Chi Kung Silk Reeling Exercise 6 Healing Sounds Chi Kung Yin Yang Chi Kung Chen Tai Chi Chuan 19 step form Chen Tai Chi Chuan 38 step form Chen Tai Chi Chuan Laojia Yilu Chen Tai Chi Chuan Laojia Erlu Chen Tai Chi Chuan Xinjia Yilu Tai Chi Broad Sword Tai Chi Straight Sword Tai Chi Guandao Tai Chi Spear Tai Chi Double Broad Sword 5 sorts Push Hand Push Hand applications (chin na)