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"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my first class this week. I felt so at peace with myself afterwards and this lasted all day."


"Tai Chi classes with Patrick and Jane are enjoyable, stimulating and also relaxing."


"Thanks so much for the waves and clouds dvd. I really love doing it and it is just what I need at the moment for the arthritis and fibromyalgia. It is gentle and healing."

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Beginning your Tai Chi Journey

What to look for

When you are thinking of making the decision to start learning Tai Chi, there are a number of factors you might like to consider.

beginners classAt Longwater Tai Chi we have classes to suit many interests and needs and they are often taught very differently from each other. Firstly you need to do a little research to find out what style of Tai Chi or type of class would suit you best, so have a good look around our website and contact us if you are still not sure or would prefer to talk through your options.

It may be that you don't actually need to join a class that is learning a traditional tai chi 'form', where you learn, practise and start to remember a set of sequential movements - perhaps you would be better off in one of our popular Tai Chi-Qigong exercise classes that is centred around copying gentle movements for health and wellbeing.

If you have limited movement or are recovering from injury or illness for instance, you possibly would not want to join a class which includes exploring the martial applications of tai chi (although this can be done and enjoyed in many ways and we have a number of students who took to this in their late 60s and beyond).

If you're the sort of person who likes a challenge that keeps the mind fully occupied, and you are willing to commit to a long term project, then one of our Tai Chi Chuan classes would suit you well; and you will of course also gain all the health benefits as you practice. These classes also progress to practising partner work, which is very useful for learning how to be mindful and relaxed through personal contact.

Finally don't be afraid to try several classes and teachers before you decide; it's not that a teacher may not be a good teacher, but simply that you don't resonate with them for some reason. Finding the right teacher and class is very important if you want to commit to a long term of study and benefit from what it has to offer.

What do I wear?

We do not use uniforms - most students prefer to wear comfortable clothes with a bit of stretch and practice with socks, flat shoes that don't tip you forward or bare feet. You mignt also want to bring a bottle of water.

Classes for Beginners

Here's a summary of our classes, courses and workshops that are suitable for new beginners. Please contact us for more details or to register interest. If the class is listed as a drop-in, you can do just that, you don't need to contact us first unless you would like a preliminary chat. If the subject that interests you is charged in blocks of classes you can generally arrange to try a class at a one-off rate.

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Mondays

Mondays

"Waves & Clouds" Tai Chi Qigong - 10:30am - Fordingbridge - Avonway Community Centre. £7 per session. 60 minute drop-in.

"Waves & Clouds" Tai Chi Qigong - 12pm - St Michael's Parish Centre, Manor Road, Verwood BH31 6DZ. £7 per session. 60 minute drop-in.

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Wednesdays

Wednesdays

"Waves & Clouds" Relaxation Tai Chi - Wilton Community Centre, West St. 10am £7 per session. 1 hour drop-in.

"Waves & Clouds" Relaxation Tai Chi - Wilton Community Centre, West St. 12 noon £7 per session. 1 hour drop-in.

"Waves & Clouds" Tai Chi Qigong - 6.30pm - Downton Memorial Hall. £7 per session. 45 minute drop-in.

Tai Chi Foundations - 7.15pm - Downton Memorial Hall. £275 20 week course. 2hr, includes Waves and Clouds warmup.
Free trial lesson 11th Sept 2019

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Fridays

Fridays

Dragon & Tiger Medical Qigong - 10:30am. New beginners class to be confirmed - please call.

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Regular Workshops

Regular Workshops

Please check our events pages for details, or use the calendar opposite.

The Longwater Five Seasons Weekends - Sats 10am to 4.30pm with optional Suns - next on 7th Sept 2019 - Shropshire. Details here.

Yang style Tai Chi - Sats 10am to 3.30pm every 4/5 weeks. Beginners are welcome but please call first.

Wu style Tai Chi - Suns 10am to 3.30pm every 6/8 weeks. Beginners are welcome but please call first.

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Tuesdays

Tuesdays

"Waves & Clouds" Tai Chi Qigong - 2pm - Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Rd, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW. £6 per session. 45 minute drop-in.

Tai Chi Foundations - 2.45pm - Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Rd, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW. £210 20 week course. 90 min, includes Waves and Clouds warmup.
Free trial lesson 17th Sept 2019

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Thursdays

Thursdays

"Waves & Clouds" Tai Chi Qigong - 10.30am - St Ives and St Leonards - Braeside Village Hall. £6 per session. 45 minute drop-in.

Tai Chi Foundations - 11.15pm - St Ives and St Leonards - Braeside Village Hall. £210 20 week course. 90 min, includes Waves and Clouds warmup.
Free trial lesson 12th Sept 2019

"Waves & Clouds" Tai Chi Qigong - 2pm  - Fordingbridge - Avonway Community Centre. £6 per session. 45 minute drop-in.

Tai Chi Foundations - 2.45pm  - Fordingbridge - Avonway Community Centre. £210 20 week course. 90 min, includes Waves and Clouds warmup.
Free trial lesson 12th Sept 2019

"Waves & Clouds" Tai Chi Qigong - 6.30pm - St Osmunds Salisbury. £7 per session. 45 minute drop-in.

Tai Chi interActive - 7.15pm - St Osmunds Salisbury. £275 20 week course. 2hrs from 6.30pm, includes Waves and Clouds warmup.
Free trial lesson 12th Sept 2019

 

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New classes in September 2019

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From Sept 11th 2019 we will be changing our Wednesday and Thursday evening classes as follows:

Wednesdays, Downton: Our main aim is to provide an easy path for new or drop-in students to progress into the more traditional Tai Chi, by starting to teach 24-step Foundation Form, which allows you to discover the principles of balance and movement before moving on to the world's most popluar form - the traditional 24-step.

Thursdays, Salisbury: Tai Chi interActive is taught as a course of 20 weekly sessions which comprise a 45 min warmup session learning basic principles of movement, followed by just over an hour of partner-based training. Rather than study a form, we will look directly at the principles and how they apply to a posture and how we move to achieve that posture. From this we can then explore the interaction of that posture and it’s associated movement with an intervening force (this could just be someone resting their hand on your forearm).

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