Tai Chi

“Gain a wealth of knowledge for relaxing Mind, Body & Spirit”

Class Structure

Wu Wei Health Tai Chi classes consist of initial stretch and warm up sequences followed by correct posture and breathing fundamentals.  You will then start learning some basic Qi Gong exercises to build your Qi, and gradually progress from the basic to more advanced Tai Chi forms to promote improved balance, flexibility and strength as an investment in your general health and wellbeing:

  • Tai Chi Chuan Beijing 24 Form
  • Tai Chi Chuan Beijing 48 Form
  • Wudang Tai Chi 18 Form
  • Wudang Tai Chi 18 Sword Form
  • Wudang Tai Chi 78 Sword Form

Tai Chi is renowned for its ability to assist the rebalancing of Yin and Yang, especially with regards to emotions, and improved physical reflexes.  The practice of Chinese Exercise Therapy (CET) is therefore of great assistance as a modern coping mechanism for stress and emotional imbalances that also has the potential to reinforce individual health plans when a client is away from the clinic.

Note:  Wear comfortable loose fit clothing, runners or sneakers and bring some water

Venue:  St Josephs Parish Great Hall, 30 Fitzgerald St, South Yarra, VIC (off Chapel St near Jam Factory).  Off street parking available behind the church accessible via Arthur St (call if boom gate access required).

  • Tuesdays 6:30 pm
  • Saturdays 9:15 am

*All classes are approximately 60 minutes in duration

Instructor

wu-dang-tai-chi-daveyDr. Davey Pinder (Acupuncturist) began his Martial Arts training in 1973 at the tender age of 7 years. Progressing from Junior Victorian Champion with his initial discipline of Judo, he also studied Muay Thai with Billy Manne (Zen Do Kai) before discovering the wonders of Chinese Internal and External Martial Arts in 1995.  He has since studied Muay Thai, Tai Chi Chuan and Baguazhang with Tao Jaiphet (CMAF), and Tai Chi Chuan, Zi Ran Men Qi Gong and Cheng Shi Baguazhang with Master Liu Deming in Richmond, Melbourne.

He also studied Shaolin Kung Fu with Master Craig Raynor and Dim Mak with Grand Master Pier Tsui-Po in Murrumbeena, and in 2012 travelled to the ‘Home of Tai Chi in China’ where he was invited to study Wudang Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword and the highest form of Qi Gong (Wudang Baguazhang) with Master Yang at Wudang Taoist Kung Fu Academy, Zi Xiao Gongdian (Purple Heaven Palace) in the very famous and magical Wudang Mountains.

As an Instructor Member of Wushu, Tai Chi & Qi Gong Australia (WTQA), Dr Davey’s latest achievements include winning 4 gold medals and 2 silver medals at the 20th WTQA National Championships held in August 2018, where he was awarded the greatest honour of overall Male Qi Gong Champion for the third year in a row.  He was the overall Male Tai Chi Champion for 2016 & 2017.  Davey also presented his extremely successful Qi Gong workshop “Ancient Qi Gong practice for modern energetic medicine” at the very prestiduous Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Annual Conference (AACMAC) held in Melbourne, May 2014, to encourage other Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners to prescribe practical CET in their clinics.  In November 2015, he conducted another Qi Gong workshop for AACMA teaching Wu Xing (5 Element) Qi Gong to over 40 practitioners with the author Master Liu Deming’s blessing.  More recently, Davey successfully presented Wu Xing Qi Gong at AACMAC held in Sydney in May 2018, to further encourage TCM practitioners to prescribe CET in their clinics.  In August 2019, Davey won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal at the 2nd Australian International Martial Arts Festival and plans to compete in China in the near future.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi (Chuan) translates as “Supreme Ultimate Fist or Boxing” and originated roughly 800 years ago in Wudang Mountain, China.  It is believed to have been developed via the integration of both Yin and Yang Arts and philosophies; Qi Gong (Internal – Yin) and Kung Fu (External – Yang).  Known for its slow tempo and graceful movement, Tai Chi is a physical meditation that has four main applications: Health, Longevity, Spiritual Enlightenment and Martial Arts.

Note:  There is now very strong evidence to support that regular Qi Gong practice has a positive effect on the human body’s Brain Function, Central Nervous System, Respiration, Digestion, Blood Pressure, Cardiac Function, Red and White Blood Cell Count and Immune System (Ming et al, 2011, pp. 17-22)

Reference:  Ming, L, Schweizer, M, Jun, H, Mei, L 2011, Qi Gong in Chinese Medicine, People’s Medical Publishing House, China.