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Regular Tai Ji classes are held at the Abbotsford Convent. All skill levels are accommodated.

Time: Every Friday night, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Location: Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Helier St, Abbotsford, 3067.

TAI CHI - Friday nights 6.30-8.00pm, Rosina Hall, Abbotsford Convent

TAI CHI - Jika Jika Community Centre , Union St Northcote
Tuesday 9 February - ongoing Section/Term 2 class - 12.45-1.45pm
Beginners time and date to confirm for Tuesdays late Feb 12.45 -1.45 or 2.00 -3.00pm

$295 per semester (19 weeks) for beginners class
(Regular attendance is required as the movements are taught sequentially).

Instructor: Glenys Savage with the assistance of senior students.
For inquiries contact Glenys on 9388 0717 or mob 0402 849 626.

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Ample street parking available.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:34
Wu Gong Training PDF Print E-mail

Regular Wu Gong classes are held at the Bulgarian Parish Hall. All skill levels are accommodated and a beginners group is ongoing.

Wu Gong Training

Time: Every Saturday, 9.30am to 11.00am
Location: Bulgarian Parish Hall, 52 James Street, Northcote, 3070.

Beginners are welcome.

WU GONG _ Internal and External Qi training

Time: Wednesday nights 7.00 - 8.00pm
Location: Brunswick South West Primary School,


Instructor: Michael Wong with the assistance of senior students.
For inquiries contact Michael on mob: 0421 645 819.

Ample street parking available.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:13
What is Tai Ji PDF Print E-mail

Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Australia

Tai Ji Quan (TAI CHI)
Wu De Hui Australia


Tai Ji Quan – a pearl from an ancient tradition of human study

Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi) will inform and uplift awareness concerning the human body and natural movement, thus presenting a wonderful journey of discovery. The basic level will address bad habits that create postural flaws and internal pressures. Only when this is achieved can movement in all life circumstances be performed with maximum efficiency and without disruption of Qi/energy dynamic or blood and lymph circulation throughout the body. When this training reaches a high standard, then it is difficult to suffer ills from the effects of normal ageing.

Tai Ji Quan origins from the study of nature

The style taught has origins from Zhang San Feng, (a Daoist master who lived between 2,500 - 2,900 years ago) and this form engages precepts from the study of nature - Nature Dao. The reason our style follows the Dao (great cycle) is because of the capacity to harmonise Hui and Nei Jing. The flow of meridian Qi is the co-ordinating medium between Hui Jing - external nature i.e. the external environment within which a human being lives, and Nei Jing – the internal nature within a human being. The style of Tai Ji taught has at its core the ability to co ordinate the internal and external natures of the body in order for each to balance and harmonize with the other. Tai Ji Quan is based upon this kind of fundamental understanding.

The art of Tai Ji facilitates dynamic self-cultivation and this is to come to know the extraordinary interactions of spirit, energy (Qi) and the physical body. The spirit leads, commanding the energy dynamic to enable and direct the physical body. When a person’s Qi, energy dynamic, is tired or run down (as often can be seen in the aged) the physical body will reflect the same. Energy dynamic is referred to by classical texts as Qi. Qi is the vehicle by which heaven or spirit connects the earth or physical body. The subtlest manifestation of Qi permeates the Spirit; the densest manifestation of Qi permeates the physical body. A person’s physical body may once have been strong, however, if the Qi runs down or becomes depleted then the body will have little energy and the spirit can easily become dull or scattered.

The Art of Movement

Tai Ji is most specifically concerned with education concerning the Art of Movement. However, the higher level of training is a co-ordinated holistic focus of the physical training system known as Dong Gong. Dong Gong is based upon studies of nature (Nature Dao), where the physical body and Qi is balanced/harmonised with one’s mental, emotional and spiritual aspects - Xing Shen He Yi.

The intention of Tai Ji is to softly shift the body through the entire range of human movement thus creating a dynamic exercise for all areas, including internal organs, bones, joints and muscles. Breath co-ordination is in exact rhythm with physical movement and is a highlighted feature of this training. It is via the coordination of inhalation/exhalation that we build and lead the Qi.

All of this is part of the culture Professor Wong Lun of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine has presented to us. The seeds of the Dong Gong training system begin with the practice of slow Tai Ji. The slow, precise movement enables co-ordination of inhalation/exhalation with movement. This strengthens the breath and builds Qi. Emphasis is upon correct positioning of the body for the maximum advantage of natural meridian Qi and all fluid circulatory pathways. Each position will lead the Qi through a particular pathway and when you can feel the Qi, you can learn how to keep postural integrity in all life circumstances. And this is Qi training.

The Tai Ji form itself is a specific set of 85 movements, all of which flow into each other without pause or change of speed. They are deliberately executed in a slow, soft and circular manner. The movements can be seen to express the Yin/Yang concept; as one arm rises - a Yang movement, the other will descend to an equal and opposite position – a Yin movement. When one has mastered the sequence of movements and they are co-ordinated into an uninterrupted smooth flow, an inner tranquillity or stillness of spirit is quite naturally experienced.

Tai Ji is related to health and longevity

The physical arts systems of old China are not necessarily related to modern concepts of what could be termed fitness. They are more concerned with the gradual development of all aspects related to human health and longevity. Tai Ji will highlight for the practitioner the way movement in all circumstances i.e. stances, transfer of body weight, reversing or changing direction, role of the spine etc, has a definitive and obvious (once realised) correct way and numerous incorrect ways. Incorrect postural habits in daily lifestyle may create pressures upon anatomical structure. What may follow is pressure inhibition of Qi, blood, nervous and lymphatic circulation - prolonged will eventually cause injury. Incorrect use of the body in daily life gives rise to internal injury and explains many of the ailments afflicting people. Without development of this kind of understanding, it is difficult to truly maximise the efficiency and potential of the human body to live a healthy and long life.

Tai Ji Training Program

First Year
The 85 movements of the Tai Ji form (Tai Chi).
Second Year

Tui Shou and San Shou. Students learn to feel the Qi emanate from their internal system and rise to the surface to contact this with their opponents Qi. The aim is to learn awareness of the nature of Qi and to balance and feel the opponents Qi.
Third Year
Bing Ji. Use of the ancient skills of weaponry, particularly the sword and the knife in order to further develop the body’s Qi and extend it externally to the weapon.

James Middleton
Practitioner, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 11:19


Tao Te Ching

The Tao is like an empty container: it can never be emptied and can never be filled. Infinitely deep, it is the source of all things. It dulls the sharp, unties the knotted, shades the lighted, and unites all of creation with dust.

It is hidden but always present.

I don't know who gave birth to it.

It is older than the concept of God.