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Chen Style Tai Chi Bristol
Welcome to Chen Style Tai Chi Bristol
Bringing the experience of Tai Chi to the local community,We are a Bristol school with classes in the North, South, East and West of the city Tai Chi Classes
Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan
It has been called the Perfect Exercise because itâ€™s accessible to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The injury rate is low while the health and fitness benefits are high.The art of Tai Chi is probably the best known Chinese method of combining physical motion with mental stimulation and is recognised as one of the most effective approaches to fitness. It is estimated that more than two hundred million people are currently practicing it around the world and this number is ever increasing.
Many actions of Tai Chi are based on circular movements which together with subtle shifting of weight develops flexibility and extremely good balance, making it ideal for all ages. It originated in the 17th Century in the Chen Village, China.
Although currently better known for its health benefits, Tai Chi was first recognised as a fighting art. It is a graceful, slow-moving exercise and is different from most other forms of movement and exercise because it works directly with ones chi (qi or life force).
Frank Pring is the primary instructor of Chen Style Tai Chi Bristol, and is well established as a Tai Chi practitioner and teacher. His passion for martial arts as a physical exercise began many years ago during his travels to Japan, where he first experienced people starting their day with group exercise in parks and open spaces for their health and well-being.
Frankâ€™s interest aroused, he began practising the Japanese martial art of Shotokan Karate before changing direction to the study and practice of the Chinese internal arts - Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua and Yiquan. He now teaches Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan and continues to explore all aspects of the art.
His long term and valued mentors are Karel and Eva Koskuba of the Chinese Internal Arts Association. Frank also trains with the top Chen masters in the world, attending workshops with Master Chen Xiao Wang, Chen Ying Jun, and Master Chen Bing.
In 2006 Frank stepped back from his career as a personal development consultant to teach Tai Chi full time and is passionate about introducing the experience of the art to as wide an audience as possible. His daughter Natasha also studies Chen Style Tai Chi and teaches in London.