Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) is what’s called a Chinese internal martial art. It is sometimes described as being a Taoist martial art. The style we concentrate on is Yang style which was developed in the 1800s by Yang Lu Chan.
Our headteacher Sifu David Keegan first studied martial arts as a boy more than 50 years ago but for the last few decades he has concentrated his study on Yang style – from the long form, to the push hands, to the sword, to the health benefits.
Some people study Tai Chi as a well rounded martial art that contains a wealth of defensive techniques, while others find its relaxed movement and flowing circles help with circulation, balance and posture.
Our main class has been based in the Wigan area since the early 2000s. Many students have reported improvements from conditions like arthritis.
We often start learning one of the short forms, then some Chi Kung, Shaolin exercises and basics before progressing to long forms and sword.
Over the years we have attended seminars with masters from Li De Yin to Sifu Steve Rowe and continue to develop our understanding of the classical art of Yang style Tai Chi.
Wigan: Tai Chi
Dalton school (Dalton St Michael CofE)
Wednesdays and Thursday: 7:30pm
Sifu David Keegan