Find a Tai Chi Class for You

New Beginners can start anytime! See the list of classes below! 

If You are looking for a Tai Chi class in Bury, North Manchester, then check out the classes on offer below. We have classes to suit all levels and abilities. We hope to have the class suitable for you!

Our beginners Tai Chi classes adopt a patient, informal teaching method teaching Chen Style Tai Chi.  All you have to do is turn up and have a go. Your balance and co-ordination will begin to improve as you learn, as will your leg strength and general health.

Tai Chi Beginners start to learn a set of warm-up exercises, some "Wellbeing" Qigong exercises, then a "Silk Reeling" exercise and the beginning of the Tai Chi form.  We also add some of the lovely Wild Goose Qigong to the classes. Week by week we revise the movements and gradually add some more to build up our knowledge and understanding. 

Leaning how to breathe correctly, move in a relaxed manner and to co-ordinate the hands and feet, is not so easy as you may think!  Do be patient with yourself. It will take weeks before you can just do the warm-up routine. As we learn the Tai Chi movements we also learn the martial application behind them, building up our knowledge of the meaning and the method in which to develop it.  

You will need at least 10 - 15 lessons before you are able to practise by yourself. The true benefits come from doing these exercises on a daily basis, so coming to class once a week is not nearly enough!

Try not to miss a class especially in the first few months as you will not feel any progression if you are not able to remember the Tai Chi sequence!

SEE THE VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR THE BEGINNERS TAI CHI FORM AND SEE IF YOU CAN FOLLOW. It will take you a few months to learn this routine, it is not so easy as it looks!

Tai Chi Classes in Bury with Sue Johnson  Tel: 0161 762 0609

All our Tai Chi classes are for over 50s. If you are between 50 and 100, come and join us!
We are located at The Jubilee Centre, Age UK Bury, Mosley Avenue, Bury, BL9 6PQ (Opposite The Lido in Clarence Park!)
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Tuesday 12.15 - 1.15 Improvers    Developing the Tai Chi 9 form + 15 form + Qigong
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Thursday 11.00am - 12.00 Beginners  Introducing the Tai Chi 9 form + Wellbeing (Qigong) exercises
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Friday 9.30am - 10.20 Beginners  Introducing the Tai Chi 9 form + Wellbeing (Qigong) exercises
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Friday 10.30am - 11.00 Weapons class(Sword / sabre / fan / stick)  For Students who can do the Tai Chi 30 form 
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Friday 11.00am -12.00 Improvers  Tai Chi 9 Form, 15 form, 30 form and more!    
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Friday 1.30 - 2.30pm Beginners / Improvers  Tai Chi 9 form + 15 form + Wellbeing (Qigong) exercises. 
Different Location: at Bury Parish Church Buildings, Kay Room (SAT NAV BL9 0LA)
You will see the Tai Chi 9 form in the video clip below. The Wellbeing Exercises are from the 18 Taiji-Qigong movements, 8 Pieces of Brocade and also the Wild Goose Qigong system. 

Wild Goose Qigong Classes - self healing, self nurturing, wellbeing

We include a small amount of this lovely Qigong Exercise in our Tai Chi classes. However, if you prefer to focus just on the Wellbeing provided by the Wild Goose Qigong, then we can offer a separate class for this.  Wild goose Qigong is a means to energise the body, to develop the body's ability to heal itself, to promote relaxation and wellbeing. No Age limits on these sessions. (over 18)

Similar in appearance to Tai Chi, the Wild Goose form is a dance-like sequence of relaxed movements which open and close the body, stretch and relax to enable the self nurturing, self healing benefits to begin. It can improve your breathing, flexibility, suppleness and lower blood pressure. It is often describes as a moving yoga exercise, as the body gently stretches and relaxes as we walk through the movements. (as seen on the front page of this website)

Sunday 10.45 - 11.30pm Beginners.  Improvers 10.45 - 12.15pm
Studio 2, Castle Leisure Centre, Bolton St, Bury, BL9 0EZ 

 Tai Chi  Simplified 9 Form Front view

Please note:- this video is the correct way and not a mirror image so don't follow it and get confused. Please follow the one below as in a class, with my back to you. The video above just enables you to see hand positions which may be blocked from view in the video below. 

 Tai Chi Simplified 9 Form rear view  - with Sue Johnson 

Go on to the page called "Health" and you will find a video of the 15 - 30 section of the form .

Tai Chi and Qigong Classes in other areas

If you are looking for classes in other locations there is a website with a comprehensive list of instructors.
Tai Chi Union for Gt Britain

WARNING! There are currently many "week-end" instructor courses giving people with little or no experience a chance to "buy" an instructor certificate. Your teacher should be happy to tell you about his/her years of training, where and with whom, so you can check out the Instructor's level of skill.
Do ask "what style of Tai Chi is it?" and then look that up on the computer. These days you can look at videos and see if their teaching is the same as other instructors in that particular style.