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Tai Chi & Qi Gong

What Is Tai Chi Chuan?

 Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi Chuan is an effective exercise for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.


Almost anyone can learn Tai Chi. It's inexpensive and can be practiced almost anywhere. In most of the styles, the movements are slow and gentle, and the degree of exertion can be easily adjusted, making it suitable for people of all levels of ability.


There are many styles and forms of Tai Chi, the major being Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun Style.      Each style has its own unique features, although most styles share similar essential principles. 


The essential principles include mind integrated with the body; fluidity of the movements; control of breathing; and, mental concentration. The central focus is to enable the Qi or life force to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of mind and body, achieved through the ongoing practice of Tai Chi.

Zentao Tai Chi School is based in Paeroa and offers  variety of  Tai Chi and Qi Gong courses. It has been established by Rielle Friedrich in the year 2000 and runs regular weekly classes and short courses. Rielle has been practising Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 40 years 

Regular Tai Chi - Qi Gong classes 

Weekly Classes 

Tai Chi Chuan - Qi Gong  various forms 

(suitable for fit and dynamic people)

Wednesday: 6.00 - 7.00 pm 

Cost: 5 clases $ 50.00

Location: Zen Tao Centre - 143 Rahu Rd Mackeytown

Contact: Rielle 027 862 8448 or via website 

For the older generation improving their health

Monday:  2.00 -3.00 Advanced class 

Location Zen Tao Centre - 143 Rahu Rd Mackeytown


Rielle:  027 862 8448

Qi Gong in Thames 

Thursday: 9.30 -10.30 

Location:  Kiwi bank Building - 1. floor Room 106

Contact Rielle 027 8628448 


We have 3 classes available which suits people with particular needs. 

The regular Wednesday classes offer Qi Gong and various forms: 24 Yang style,  42 combined form,  Yang style sword and fan form. 

The Monday classes are geared for older people  - some Tai Chi skill is required to join the advanced class. 

On Thursdays one can join the Qi Gong class at any time. 

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