We have four friendly and accessible Tai Chi classes each week in Sutton Coldfield, as well as one in Streetly and one in Erdington. There are three classes on Thursdays - one is from 2.00pm til 3.00pm, another 3.00pm til 4.00pm, and the final class of the day is from 7.30pm til 9.00pm. These three classes are held at Sutton Coldfield Methodist Church (Room 4), South Parade, Sutton Coldfield B72 1QY. These classes include people of all abilities, and beginners are encouraged and made to feel very welcome. In addition, we run an equally fun and friendly intermediates class on a Tuesday evening at a different location in Sutton Coldfield, details of which can be found towards the bottom of the page.
We start with gentle warm up exercises which relax the body and stretch the muscles. Then we usually move on to some Chi Kungs, which are short repeated exercises that combine motion and breath and help the Chi (life energy) to circulate around the body. Tai Chi is an exercise that works on your whole body, improving your fitness and balance whilst being gentle on your joints and muscles and helping you learn to relax.
We teach the Yang style of Tai Chi, the most common style found in the west, so after warm-ups and Chi Kung work we then move on to practice Yang Style Long Form. Don't worry if you don't know what that means, as we explain everything as we go along. Form is the fifteen minute gentle flowing exercise often seen in Chinese parks; and is what many in the West think of when they hear the words Tai Chi. We take you through it step-by-step. We learn in pieces, and repeat repeatedly!
As well as our Thursday classes at Sutton Coldfield Methodist Church, we run an intermediates class on a Tuesday evening from 7.00pm, til 8.30pm at The Quaker Meeting House, Kenelm Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 6HD. This is the only intermediates class we currently run, all other classes are for all abilities.
The Tuesday evening class is for people who have learned at least the first section of Yang Cheng Fu’s Long Form, and we concentrate on the Form rather than simple Chi Kung exercises, with some Zhan Zhong exercises at the start.
If you live in Sutton Coldfield or in the surrounding towns and villages of Walmley, Four Oaks, Wylde Green, Minworth, Wishaw, Little Aston, Mere Green, Curdworth, Water Orton, Hamstead or Boldmere, this is the ideal way for you to try Tai Chi, or to extend your existing knowledge of this incredible exercise.
As you can see, our Sutton Coldfield Tai Chi classes are very friendly, and as well as learning a lot, we have a lot of fun. Here are some comments from class members:
"What do I get out of going to this Tai Chi class? The main thing is a sense of relaxation while participating in physical exercise. Closely followed by a huge sense of companionship and humour shared among the group's members!" - Kareen.
"I needed an exercise regime, but was too old to play football, too poor to afford gym fees, and too lazy to go jogging! During each class, I'd feel the tension drain out of my shoulders, and the week’s work-related garbage trickle out of my mind. I've also realised that the slow movements are ultimately a method for training the body to be able to fight without relying on muscular strength, and because of these classes I'm much better equipped to handle confrontation out in the wild world when it can't be avoided." - James
You can join whichever time of class suits you the best, and all classes contain a mix of abilities, from beginners to more advanced. If you'd like any more information, just get in touch.