Learn the ancient Oriental art of tai chi chuan with Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi trained coaches. Experience the benefits of tai chi chuan exercises, such as increased vitality, flexibility and better general well-being. Experience the harmony and calm induced by practicing tai chi chuan exercises, as used by the Chinese for at least 400 years.
Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi runs regular classes in Sherborne and Beaminster in Dorset and Chard, Crewkerne, Langport, Wellington and Yeovil in Somerset, catering for a wide age-range of students from many different backgrounds, young and old, ranging from experienced martial artists to those with health difficulties. We emphasise the health and fitness aspects of the practice, and incorporate elements from other health-orientated disciplines, such as energising warm up exercises to increase and maintain flexibility and qigong/chi-kung to increase general vitality.
All Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi classes run the same programme, so you can catch up any missed sessions in the other classes anytime during the same term.
Training and Teacher standards:
All our teachers are members of TCUGB (Tai Chi Union of Great Britain) and have had a minimum of 6 years training; each tai chi sequence having been individually graded and certified by Mrs Men Bao, founder of Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi. (For Mrs Bao’s credentials, please see the ‘club history’ and ‘about us’ pages). Any student wishing to view their teacher’s certificates can do so on request.
In addition to this thorough initial training, we recognise at Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi that this process is merely the beginning, so all teachers are required to undergo continual assessment and extended coaching to ensure the high standards of our organisation are both upheld and raised ever higher.
Also, our teachers are encouraged to spend time on additional extra schooling whenever possible, particularly at the highest levels, and in many styles, disciplines and methods, in order to further our competence and understanding of this ancient and venerable art.
Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi principally covers the tai chi forms endorsed by the Chinese “State Physical, Cultural and Sports Commission” and qigong/chi-kung from the “Chinese Health Qigong Association.”
It also incorporates qigong/chi-kung and tai chi routines from a variety of other well-respected tai chi chuan and qigong/chi-kung teachers.
Some of the tai chi chuan forms covered so far are:
10 forms – Yang style tai chi chuan (also know as 8 forms)
16 forms – Yang style tai chi chuan
Standard 24 forms – Yang style tai chi chuan
32 forms – combination of styles tai chi chuan
40 International Competition forms – old Yang style tai chi chuan
88 forms – Yang style tai chi chuan – the long form
18 sword forms – Yang styles tai chi chuan
32 sword forms – Yang style tai chi chuan
Broad sword – Wu style tai chi chuan
Double fan tai chi chuan
Some of the qigong/chi-kung sequences/forms covered so far are:
18 movements of Yang style tai chi qigong – by Sifu Lin Hou Sheng.
18 movements of Chen style tai chi qigong – some based on Chen style tai chi forms
Zhi Neng qigong – by Dr. Pang He Ming
Winter Brocade – by Gia-fu Feng – qigong for the winter – water element and kidney chi.
Yin & Yang Brocade qigong – balance of yin & yang energies.
5 Elements qigong – working through the TCM 5 elements
Baduanjin qigong – working through the TCM 5 elements – (traditional – Song dynasty – 960 till 1279)
Zhan Zhuang – standing still postures, i.e. standing like a tree