Tai Chi - Healing exercise or martial art?
Most people practise tai chi for its many physical and mental health benefits.
A typical tai chi workout includes:
- Gentle breathing exercises
- Standing meditation to harmonize mind and body.
- Basic movement patterns to perfect coordination.
- Standard routines, varying from 5 movements to 150 - from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours depending on the style and student.
- Advanced training includes taiji philosophy, the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, energy cultivation, and strategies for improving the quality of life.
For those who wish to practise tai chi as a martial art
As a martial art, tai chi training includes all the elements of other martial arts.
- movement, structure, and agility
- core physical training and conditioning
- strategy and tactics
- technique (striking, blocking, intercepting, joint control, pressure point manipulation, throws and takedowns, grappling)
- short weapons, long weapons, flexible weapons, throwing weapons,
- understanding the roles of mind, emotion, structure, method, and technique.
- advanced esoterica
Qigong (say "Chee gong")
Qigong is a modern Chinese word which encompasses a variety of traditional exercises and traditions such as "Neidan" (internal alchemy), "Daoyin" (sometimes called Daoist yoga), Buddhist Dzogchen and Tantra practices, martial arts exercises like "Zhan Zhuang" (standing meditation), and therapeutic exercises from traditional Chinese medicine.
Ian Sinclair teaches qigong privately to individuals and small groups, and designs a unique curriculum for each student.
Other Martial Arts
In addition to martial arts like tai chi, xingyiquan, and baguazhang, Ian Sinclair draws on his experience in a variety of different martial arts, and continues to expand and refine his knowledge and pedagogy.
What is a martial art?
The term "martial art" can encompass a range of disciplines and can apply to the entire range of human experience.
In a limited sense, it is about dealing with the threat posed by an attacker. But in a practical sense, martial art applies to every relationship that person can have, with society, with the environment, with life, and with the self. It is the study of the relationships between the mental, physical, and emotional. It is about navigating the conflicts with the body, and with the world.
Watching a martial sport, one might think that martial arts are violent. The truth is that martial arts are about tranquility.
To say that martial arts are about violence is like saying that the practice of medicine is about illness. Doctors study illness in order to prevent or cure it. Martial artists study conflict in order to maintain peace and harmony.
A traditional martial art is the study and practice of internal and external harmony, seeking: peace of mind, harmonious living, conflict resolution, mitigating the effects of trauma, improved health, emotional and physical balance, compassion, empathy, and self awareness.
- with Ian Sinclair
Practical Self Defence
The term "Martial Art" refers to a profound and comprehensive system, with a myriad of benefits and applications in daily life.
Self defence training is more specific to the needs of an individual to defend against physical assault.
Private self defence training is offered to individuals and small groups. A curriculum is adapted to suit the needs and abilities of the students.