Tai Chi and Ryukyu Kobujutsu are an excellent way to improve and maintain your physical, mental and spiritual wellness. They certainly work for me!
VENUE 1 Japanese School, 12-20 Caledon Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
VENUE 2 Glenshiel, 19 Woolston Road, Westcliff, Johannesburg (parking on Pallinghurst Road)
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Tai chi 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.
The President of the International Tai Chi Society, the oldest running tai chi school in South Africa, is Master Edward Jardine. In addition to branches in South Africa, Master Jardine’s students teach in the US, the UK, Australia, Greece and Finland.
The spiritual head of the society is Grandmaster Duan Yu Chang, who originally came from Hubei Province in the People’s Republic of China and lived in Taiwan until his death. He was descended from a teaching lineage that can be traced back to the grandson of Yang Lu Chan, the founder of Yang style Tai Chi.
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.
Other classes offered by International Tai Chi Society and Yuishinkai & Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai in Johannesburg and around:
Bruma*꙳, Norwood*, Wits University*꙳, Linmeyer*, Benoni/Daveyton*꙳, Benoni/Actonville꙳, Alberton꙳, Edenvale*, Hartbeespoort* (* tai chi, ꙳kobujutsu)
There are three dojos in Cape Town – UCT*꙳, CBD* and Edgemead*.
ON THE WEB
I Love Tai Chi (Masako’s facebook page on martial arts and physical/mental/spiritual wellness)
Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai (Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan)
International Tai Chi Society
Tai Chi & Yuishinkai Kobujutsu (Wits University, South Africa)