Welcome to U3A Tai Chi & Shibashi.
Tai Chi existed for many years in China. It was approximately 100 years ago when "Yang Cheng Fu" who was the founder of the Yang style (we practice at U3A) introduced Yang style Tai Chi, to the Western world early last century. Tai-Chi is clinically proven to be effective in rehabilitation for people with cardiopulmonary conditions and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can significantly reduce chronic pain for conditions like fibromyalgia and can improve neurological function for people with Parkinson’s disease. It’s also beneficial as physical therapy and pain management for osteoarthritis, encouraging joints to become more flexible and useful than they may have been at a younger age
There are a few videos available to learn from on The Tai Chi page. For the original Yang Cheng Fu form, you can find videos of MasterZhaoYoubin and Master Fu ChengYuan performing this art the way Yang Cheng Fu taught it all those years ago.
The Shibashi page includes videos of Gary Khor teaching the 18 movements of Shibashi. Practised at a slow and even speed Tai chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. Tai Chi and Shibashi promote relaxation, proper breathing, straight posture, and balance. In a very real sense, it helps us to stay younger as we grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being.
Our Tai Chi and Shibashi classes are two of many courses held by U3A (university of the 3rd age) Bundaberg. The classes take place every Wednesday (except during the school holidays). Shibashi : 8.30 - 9.30 am, Tai Chi : 9.30 - 10.30am. and are free for U3A Bundaberg members. Please feel free to come and see us and check it out in the Avenell Heights Hall. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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