Why Real Taoism?
At REAL TAOISM we teach authentic
Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong (Chi Gung), Hsing-i, Ba Gua Zhang and Taoist
meditation systems which have been transmitted from generation to
generation of practising Taoist teachers in China for the past 2500
This living tradition has been passed on to Studio Director Chris
Ray Chappell who has spent over 30 years practising both eastern
and western mind and body disciplines.
Those of you who choose to cultivate a Taoist Life Art practise
in your life will experience for yourselves the real and quantifiable
benefits that regular practise of authentic Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Gung,
Ba Gua Zhang, Hsing-I Chuan and Taoist meditation can bring under
the guidance of a genuinely experienced teacher.
Why Life Arts?
Taoists believe that each of us has the potential
to be the author of our own lives. They discovered ways of consciously
achieving mastery of those forces that would otherwise have controlled
their lives.They sought mastery of these forces in order to free
themselves of their influence and so live in a state of harmony
To describe these techniques for developing the mind and body beyond
what we ordinarily assume are their limits we have coined the term
participation will enable you to remain the author of your own experience,
even in the midst of the relentless pressure and tension of city-life.
Our word ‘technique' is derived from the Greek word tekhne
The Metropolitan Taoist
Contrary to popular belief
the most respected Taoist teachers lived in Chinese cities such
as Beijing or Shanghai.
developed their techniques in times which, like our own, were extremely
turbulent and demanded of everyday people strong minds and bodies
to help them withstand the fear and violence generated by the constant
threat from feudal insurgents.
places a great emphasis upon living in harmony with our environment
by skillfully responding to our circumstances whatever they might
be, whether we find ourselves in the bustling heart of the city
or the tranquility of the countryside.
fact, one of the highest tests of a Taoist practitioner was his
or her ability to discover and then maintain a deep sense of internal
stillness in the midst of everyday life in a demanding urban environment.
techniques were also used to enhance or ‘turbo charge' martial arts
applications and at REAL TAOISM we can teach you how to apply these
techniques to your everyday life or your athletic or sporting practise.
is to this tradition that REAL TAOISM belongs.
Many of us have come to feel
that we are personally impoverished by the relentless pace of life
practise of a Taoist Life Art will bring a renewed sense of authority
and balance by cultivating a special kind of ‘personal power' which
is unknown in the West. This sense of personal power or ‘chi' is
generated not by cultivating the will but learning to ‘let go' and
trust the innate receptivity, intelligence and responsiveness of
the mind and body.
Life-Arts we teach are designed to help us redress our imbalances
in a gentle and manageable fashion so that we can become more effective
in our personal and professional lives.
will learn how to use the mind not to inflame the body and emotions
but to soothe and cool them, creating a smoother and more efficient
incremental approach to mind and body training and integration can
circumvent burnout before it occurs and, in the long run, increase
longevity and our ability to enjoy it
What is ‘Chi'?
In western psychology
or physiology there is no concept equivalent to the Taoist concept
makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to communicate
what chi actually is.
rather than trying defining chi we invite would-be practitioners
to put their thinking minds aside in order to learn to feel
the flow of chi in their own bodies.
although the concept of chi is difficult to describe we
can describe the personal characteristics exhibited by
people who have cultivated their chi.
with ‘cultivated chi' exhibit extra-ordinary presence of mind, bodily
vitality and an awareness and sensitivity to their own environment
and the people around them.
are also likely to possess an enhanced sense of responsibility
by which we mean the ability to respond appropriately
and skillfully to the challenges posed by life.