The Club is keen and trains seriously but the atmosphere
is warm and informal. Malisa teaches in a friendly
and open manner, readily sharing all her experience
and the little tips and tricks learnt from her many
years of intensive training and competition under
a number of Masters.
The Club has fun with socialising
opportunities, public demos, assistance in teaching
various community groups, Workshops from overseas
Masters and yearly overseas Club trips as you wish.
Students learn the "outward" forms as
indicated below. Of course everybody is different.
Some will learn in a shorter time, others will take
Many students are quite happy to just come along
to the club and enjoy the health and social benefits
of TaiChi at an informal, "external" level.
Yet regular practice of the outer form (with time,
encouragement and perserverence) will "draw
out" internal energy and this presents an opportunity
to advance further. This is a subtle experience
and, to start with, requires guidance from an experienced
practicioner. A practiced eye can readily discern
the manifestation of internal energy within the
Provision is made for beginners to join at anytime
in most venues. The first class is free you can
have a go and see if it is for you - we think you
will enjoy it.
Keep an eye out for the Club's occassional more
intensive 10 week block courses especially aimed
at Beginners. This is based on the "Four Step
Chen Form" mentioned below.
Back to training
Step Chen Form"- Easy Chen for busy people:
From elsewhere you will understand that Traditional
Chen style requires learning all the 74 movements
of the Old Frame One which is a big ask for beginners.
We are now launching (see
timetable) the "Four Step Chen Form"
adapted by Master Zhu TianCai from Old Frame One.
(It takes the four foundational movements from Old
Frame One that most clearly accord with the 13 essential
TaiChi principles enunciated in the ancient TaiChi
So beginners can be up and achieving
and able to practice at home in no time at all.
This makes entry into the full Routine considerably
easier and more enjoyable. We may launch teaching
of the more comprehensive "Thirteen Step Chen
Form" as a further intermediary step in the
Experienced Chen stylists will also
be able to benefit from a shorter routine that's
easier to fit into busy lives.
Though Chen style is the original energetic martial
form of Taichi it is still very suitable for older
persons even if you are totally unfit. The starting
routines in fact are slower, gentle and smooth -
one cannot succeed in the energetic, higher levels
without a deep foundation in Chinese relaxation
techniques. You go at your own pace and can tone
down the more vigorous movements to your own level
as Malisa will demonstrate. Those who are really
unfit begin with the highly effective Chinese Standing/Breathing
ACC has found Malisa's Chen style
TaiChi to be very effective in their fall prevention
programme for senior citizens.
- Breathing/Standing exercises (Zhan-Zhuan)
- Silk Reeling Exercises
- Four/Thirteen Step Chen Form
- Old Frame (Routines I and II)
- New Frame (Routines I and II)
- Competition Set (56)
- Short Form (38)
- Push Hands (to intermediate level)
- Weapons (Sword, Broad Sword, Spear, Staff, Fan).
Level 1: Easy Chen for Busy People
- Silk Reeling Exercises & 4 Step Chen Form
- 10 week block course
- Zhan Zhuan (Standing/Breathing exercises) &
13 Step Chen Form
Level 1: Old Frame One - 6 months for outward Form.
Level 2: Old Frame Two - 6 months for outward Form.
Level 2: Push Hands.
Level 3: Student's Choice (Weapons, New Frames)
Private Tuition is available (at the home
of either student or Tutor) by arrangment.
Weekend tai chi "homestay" is a possibility
for overseas visitors.