Designed and delivered by China Cultural Centre in Sydney, a practical and experience-focused “Tai Chi and Qi Gong” trial session was held on the 30th of January. The class forms one of the Happy Chinese New Year series events, and it succeeded in widely engaging a vast group of local residents to experience the traditional practice of Chinese martial arts.
Part of Mrs. Zhang’s role (the class instructor) involved introducing the rich history and unique features of Chinese Tai Chi and Qi Gong. She also briefly explained the aim and effects one could achieve through regular and continued practise.
“The movements of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, together with breathing techniques and the usage of energy, aim to achieve the physical and mental balance as well as overall well-being, bringing us peace, health and harmony”, Mrs. Zhang said.
Following this introduction, all participants eagerly prepared and joined the instructor in mimicking the precise movements and practising a whole variety of basic poses. This was accompanied with peaceful Chinese-style music, and participants were occasionally instructed individually in certain movements.
“I feel very comfortable and at ease as a beginner in this class. The content is interesting and easy to understand and follow, and I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to experience something different on a relaxing Saturday morning”, said one of the participants.
The Centre regularly organises Tai Chi and Qi Gong class on Saturdays from 2:30 to 4:30pm, offering local exercise enthusiasts a chance to enrich their leisure time, to build up their quality of life, and to get a glimpse of Chinese culture.