Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defence training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (Tui Shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tai chi are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.
Studies have shown that Tai Chi can help to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.
We currently have two weekly classes and the option of a twelve week programme. To book your place on either of the Saturday workshops or to find out more about learning the form or to arrange a time to talk with Roy please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 043 1664 or complete the online enquiry form.
Alternatively, come and visit, watch a class in action and speak to us in person at:
Dexterity Dojo, The Hall, High Street, Great Houghton, Northampton NN4 7AG
(Please use NN4 7AF for Sat Nav)
Intermediate and advanced class
Only open to those who have learnt the entire form. In this class we develop a greater understanding of the physical and mental benefits of the practice. Each week we work through the whole form several times to refine the choreography. We also take one or more postures to see how they relate to our own psychological and spiritual development in order to reflect on the past, bring ourselves into the present and prepare for the future.
Cost: £6 per session
Tai Chi for well-being and mindfulness
A gentle workshop focusing on the core moves in Tai Chi linked to positive psychology to help slow down, stretch and refocus.
Perfect for those who want to explore the primary elements of Tai Chi without the challenge of learning the whole of the form.
You will need a basic level of fitness, full mobility but no specialist clothing (just loose fitting and comfortable).
Cost: £8 per session
Learn the choreography of Tai Chi
Saturday 18:15-19:00 from 9th October 2021
One to one or small group sessions (no more than four) that have been designed for those with little or no knowledge or experience of Tai Chi. The training is a series of twelve one hour sessions: to learn all 24 postures of the compact Yang Style form under the direct guidance from senior instructor Roy Leighton.
The sessions will be supported with printed and online materials with video footage showing the whole of the form so people can practice at home. Once you have completed the training you will be able to join the weekly Tai Chi sessions with the senior students at Dexterity Dance that take place at 16.15 – 17.00 pm every Saturday.
Cost: £240 per person – To secure your place payment will need to be made in advance and in full.