My interest in Taiji started in Denmark where I first studied the Long Form.
I came to Scotland in 1993 to study at Glasgow School of Art. I then joined Rising Dragon Tai Chi School and began teaching Taiji in 1995.
I was independent for a few years until I joined Dragon Spring Taiji in 2014.
I continue to be inspired by and learn from this truly amazing art.
To give it its full name Taijichuan (Tai Chi Chuan), is a way of exercise for health, a form of meditation in movement, a martial art and a means of personal development. The aim of Dragon Spring Taiji is to teach the relevance of Taiji in today's society, how to deal with life's pressures in a non aggressive way using awareness and creating a deeper connection with yourself.
The gentle nature of Taiji makes it suitable for all, whatever your age or state of fitness (or unfitness)
There are three general levels of development (Body, Mind and Sprit), and each of the forms (sequence of movement) has a specific focus of one or more of these; for an example, Short Form (where you start as a beginner) focuses on the body. Long Form focuses on the mind (intension). Weapons focus on the spirit (spirit of vitality/ aliveness).
Another way of describing these would be:
Mind-listening to what is required
Spirit-the ability to take appropriate action
Taiji Solo Forms
Yang Style Short Form
Yang Style Long Form
Shibashi 1 & 2
Five Element Form
Eight Strands of Brocade
Six Healing Sounds
No one is ever expected to learn the whole syllabus. You can be attracted to different forms at different times as your understanding and experience increase.
To find out more about Taiji, email or call Susanne Lin Jensen