Tai Chi demonstration at Brandon University


Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 1:45–2:30 p.m.
Location: Gathering Space, John E. Robbins Library, BU

A Tai Chi demonstration organized at Brandon University as part of a class on Religions of China is open to all members of the curious public.

“The contemporary practice of Tai Chi (Taiji) brings to life many early Chinese Daoist customs recorded in texts such as the Zhuangzi and Daodejing, which we cover in my Religions of China course at Brandon University,” says Dr. Alison Marshall. “Taiji practice thereby provides a visceral experience of the workings of qi and other Daoist concepts that are integral to the understanding of early Chinese religious life.”

Wilson Bailey and the Brandon Tai Chi Society will be putting on the demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi on Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Gathering Space of the Brandon University library. The space is located at the south end of the library’s main floor, at the round bay of windows.

The demonstration will begin at 1:45 p.m. and last under an hour. They’ll begin with a short talk on Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi and the health benefits that are associated with the ancient art.

“Tai Chi can be practiced with great benefits by people of all ages,” says Bailey, who leads the Brandon Tai Chi Society. “It calms the mind and energizes the body.  It helps improve balance, circulation and posture; increases strength and flexibility; promotes relaxation and reduces stress.”

After the introductory talk will be a demonstration of part of the Taoist Tai Chi set, including an opportunity for participants to try some of the foundation exercises and learn a few moves of the set.

People who would like to try Tai Chi are asked to wear loose comfortable clothing and flat-sole shoes or runners.