Tai chi chuan (太極拳) and Ryukyu kobujutsu (琉球古武術) are an excellent way to improve and maintain your physical, mental and spiritual wellness. If you cannot make physical classes or don’t want to learn complicated forms but are still keen to do light and relaxing exercise, a virtual Qigong (気功) class is just for you.
VENUE 1 Japanese School, 12-20 Caledon Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
|Mondays & Wednesdays|
|17:30-18:10||Tai chi chuan||intermediate/advanced|
|18:15-19:05||Ryukyu kobujutsu||all levels|
|19:10-19:50||Tai chi chuan||beginners/intermediate|
Please note the Japanese School gym is currently closed due to the pandemic. The intermediate/advanced tai chi class and the kobujutsu class are conducted online on Wednesday evenings and in the park on Sunday mornings. The beginners/intermediate tai chi class will resume once the gym reopens.
VENUE 2 Glenshiel, 19 Woolston Road, Westcliff, Johannesburg
|Tuesdays & Thursdays|
|8:00-8:40||Tai chi chuan||beginners/intermediate|
VIRTUAL CLASS 30-minute Qigong
30 minutes of breathing and stretching exercises for body and mind
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8:30-9:00 am (South African Time; UTC+2).
Each session is cloud-recorded and available to view and practice wherever and whenever you like.
|Tai chi, Ryukyu kobujutsu or Qigong||R500/month|
|Two of the above||R600/month|
Special discount rates are available for pensioners (65 and over), students and families.
STYLES & INSTRUCTOR
Tai chi chuan is an internal Chinese martial art, known for its gentle, graceful, flowing movements. It is relaxing, mindful and low-impact, and helps you to gain better co-ordination, flexibility, stability and peace of mind. It is safe and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Classes cover qigong (breathing exercise), forms (empty hand, straight sword, broad sword, fan) and pair practice.
The President of the International Tai Chi Society, the oldest running tai chi school in South Africa, is Edward Jardine. In addition to branches in South Africa, Master Jardine’s students teach in the US, the UK, Australia, Greece, Finland and Israel.
Ryukyu kobujutsu is a traditional Japanese martial art, developed in Ryukyu Islands and consisting of both empty-hand and weapon techniques. Emphasis is on timing and techniques, rather than physical power – an ideal martial art for women and the young at heart!
Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinkokai (the Society for Promotion and Preservation of Ryukyu Classical Martial Arts) has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and more than 20 international branches. The South African branch, led by Lee Jardine, is one of the oldest and largest in the world.
Masako Osada has been practicing tai chi and ryukyu kobujutsu over 25 years. She holds the 4th dan rank both in karate and weapons.