Johannesburg Tai Chi Retreats

Johannesburg Tai Chi Retreats

Sifu Leo holds retreats in Johannesburg often, where the focus is on the practice of qigong and taiji, while relaxing and centering oneself in beautiful surroundings, eating wholesome food.

As tai chi practitioner Ashley describes his experience of the retreats:

Push hands exercise demo at Tai Chi RetreatOur Tai Chi retreat is a beautiful way to escape from the demands of everyday life, and experience an uplifting and inspirational weekend cocooned in a lovely setting.

The weekend unfolds in the spirit of Tai Chi – no rush, no deadlines, no bootcamp mentality. Instead, genuine connections with like-minded friends, delicious relaxing meals, philosophical discussions, swimming, gong meditation. Oh, and some Tai Chi too!

I come away feeling grounded and centred, my body supple, my mind clear, and my spirit free.

Retreat Highlights

Sifu also brings new aspects to each retreat, like guest speakers and creative ways to learn about the philosophy of tai chi.

In the most recent retreat in October 2016, Sifu held one of the sessions in the swimming pool, to emphasise the learning of flow and resistance.  It was not only refreshing in the summer heat, but gave students an experience of weightlessness and groundedness at the same time.

Benefits of Tai Chi Retreats

Tai Chi retreats are tailored for the students who participate, and so are for all levels of tai chi, from beginners to advanced.  The focus is on foundation building, on key concepts in tai chi, and on technique.  From this base Sifu builds to the level of the group, including:

  • Beginners get a strong foundation, further getting in touch with themselves and their bodies. Their  left and right hand co-ordination improves; developing more neural muscular signals and helping integrate mind and body.
  • Those with injuries, scoliosis, arthritic conditions benefit from retreats for therapeutic reasons, and the learning the useful exercises.
  • And those more advanced in taiji, improve their body alignment, perfect the foundation skills, aligning their technique with the correct breathing, and gain refinement of their taiji moves, both mentally and physically.

To attend the next Tai Chi Retreat in Johannesburg, see our Events Page or contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

Sifu Leo holds retreats in Johannesburg often, where the focus is on the practice of qigong and taiji, while relaxing and centering oneself in beautiful surroundings, eating wholesome food. As tai chi practitioner Ashley describes his experience of the retreats: Our Tai Chi retreat is a beautiful way to escape from the demands of everyday life, and …

Tai chi Retreat in Magaliesburg, Johannesburg

Tai chi Retreat in Magaliesburg, Johannesburg

By Ralph Whittal

Tai Chi has been part of my life for the past six months or so. I have found it to be beneficial and I could not imagine a life without my weekly Tai Chi routine. Some of the benefits for me have included centering and grounding of my thoughts and it has also helped me to find balance in my life.

Tai Chi Retreat at Melody HillI’m very much a Tai Chi beginner and went on my first Tai Chi retreat in the last week of October 2016. I immediately fell in love with the Melody Hill retreat centre. It’s such an idyllic venue and I found myself instantly connected to the natural environment. I loved the surrounding gardens with the variety of birds singing from up above in the branches and enjoyed my early morning walks and reading under the trees whilst taking in all of that fresh early morning air.

On the first day of the retreat we had a talk by Dr. Danny Pillay, chairman of Homeopaths South Africa, who also practices traditional Chinese medicine and accupunture. The talk really increased my awareness of how important it is to look after the body and how effective disciplines like yoga and Tai Chi are. They are so beneficial to improving overall health and quality of life.

sword form of Tai chiDuring the weekend we got to practice the kun wern chien sword form, a first for me. I found it exciting, as being a beginner I had not done any sword form work before.

I spent some time watching and admiring all the participants practicing whilst trying to learn part of the sequence. I received some much-needed instruction from Leo, our Sifu, and members of the group who were so eager to help and spend time with me.

We also did some Tai Chi in the swimming pool which was a lot of fun. I discovered that being in the pool helped to make the experience of the “flowing” that one should experience outside the pool while doing Tai Chi, much more accessible and tangible.

 

On the Sunday we entered the yoga studio for some gong therapy. A gong is an eastern instrument which creates sounds that allow one to find that peaceful place in the conscious mind, needed to attain or to enter a dreamlike or meditative state.

Push hands at Tai Chi RetreatThis was such an enlightening experience for me. I was amazed at how I could access parts of my conscious mind in order to bring out more of an awareness and attunement to my life and even managed to access and work through some subconscious material that has been on my mind for some time now.

I looked forward to meal times and spending time with the group socializing. The food was so tasty, wholesome and good. The centre provides many things to keep one busy and in the evenings, I discovered the art of colouring-in with books and pencils scattered around the social area. I found this to be such a relaxing and therapeutic Push hands exercise demo at Tai Chi Retreatexperience, I can recommend it.

I did some swimming in the pool to cool off from the summer heat over the weekend and practiced a little backstroke whilst enjoying the socializing done with friends from the group who were cooling off with me.

The Tai Chi weekend away was an enjoyable and beneficial experience for me and I can’t wait to sign up for the next one in the new year.

 

 

For more info on future retreats, see our Events Page or contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

Tai Chi retreat under the walnut trees

By Ralph Whittal Tai Chi has been part of my life for the past six months or so. I have found it to be beneficial and I could not imagine a life without my weekly Tai Chi routine. Some of the benefits for me have included centering and grounding of my thoughts and it has …

Tai Chi at Secret Sunday event in Johannesburg

Tai Chi at Secret Sunday event in Johannesburg

taiji in Maboneng JohannesburgSecret Sunrise describes themselves as “a community of inclusion built around an interactive dance movement. It is a fun, energetic, mindful, silent disco celebration.”

As part of this movement, Sifu Leo Low Ming offers tai chi sessions before the dancing sessions.  On Sunday 10th July the secret warehouse venue in Maboneng, Johannesburg, was transformed into a playground for the morning.  Sifu stood on wooden boxes to allow everyone to see, and part of the session was also outside in a courtyard.

Maboneng, Johannesburg Tai Chi SessionThe response was wonderful, with youngsters and adults alike exploring the movements of qigong, taiji and it’s martial arts application, some dressed up as cowboys and some as native Americans, in the theme of Wild West for the dance session.

For more photo’s see Facebook here, and Secret Sunrise’s photo album here.

 

Below is a clip of Leo leading the group from atop the wooden boxes.

Below is the start of the dancing session, with lots of stretching.

 

Contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468 for more info on tai chi and karate classes in Johannesburg.

Secret Sunrise describes themselves as “a community of inclusion built around an interactive dance movement. It is a fun, energetic, mindful, silent disco celebration.” As part of this movement, Sifu Leo Low Ming offers tai chi sessions before the dancing sessions.  On Sunday 10th July the secret warehouse venue in Maboneng, Johannesburg, was transformed into a …

World Tai Chi Day Event in Johannesburg – 2016

World Tai Chi Day Event in Johannesburg – 2016

To celebrate World Tai Chi Day and the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong, join us for a complimentary class before a talk, to try tai chi out – from 08:30 to 09:15.   Trying out this class will give you an experience of what is involved physically and mentally in taiji.

This class will be followed by an “Introduction to Tai Chi” Talk and Demo, where you will learn about tai chi and its benefits, and the best way to learn tai chi, with demonstrations of the different forms of tai chi. Sifu Leo Low Ming will be presenting the talk interspersed with demonstrations by him and his students, at 09:30 to 10:30.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday 30 April 2016
Time: 08:30 to 10:30
Venue: at Zoo Lake, Johannesburg, on the grass behind Moyo’s.
No cost, and RSVP preferable by contacting Leo by email or on 0833780468. You can also just arrive on the day for whatever part of the event you want to be a part of.

More about World Tai Chi Day

Across the world, on the last Saturday of April, events are organised to celebrate the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong. These exhibits, demonstrations, talks and classes are open to the general public, and there are events in hundreds of cities in eighty nations all over the world.

The aims of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, as listed on Wikipedia, include:

  1. Educate the world about emerging medical research revealing health benefits that t’ai chi ch’uan and qigong offer.
  2. Educate about the increasing use of these ancient traditional Chinese medicine modalities in business, healthcare, education, penal and drug rehabilitation.
  3. Provide a global vision of cooperation for health & healing purposes across geopolitical boundaries, and also an appeal to people worldwide to embrace wisdom from all the cultures of the world.
  4. Thank Chinese culture for the gifts of tai chi and qigong to the world.

 

In honour of this event, Mings Martial Arts will be open to the public to join in our session at the Zoo Lake in Johannesburg.

New comers and the young and mature, are welcome to join in the class at 8.30 am till 9.15am.
There will be a demonstration on taiji by Sifu Leo Low Ming and some of his students interspersed with talks about tai chi, and it’s many benefits.

 

For more info on this event and tai chi in general, contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468

To celebrate World Tai Chi Day and the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong, join us for a complimentary class before a talk, to try tai chi out – from 08:30 to 09:15.   Trying out this class will give you an experience of what is involved physically and mentally in taiji. This class will be …

Introduction to Tai Chi – Monthly Talks for Beginners

Introduction to Tai Chi – Monthly Talks for Beginners
  • Do you have questions about Tai Chi?
  • Why is it useful to develop your chi? And quieten your mind? And have a practice that exercises both body and mind?
  • Would you like to know about Tai Chi’s many other benefits?
  • How about the best and most helpful way to learn the practice of taiji?

Find out these answers and many more, and learn about Tai Chi from Sifu Leo Low Ming, who has been teaching the art of Qigong and Taiji for over 40 years.

Introduction to Tai Chi – Monthly Talks

These complimentary Talks are aimed at beginners, and held the last Saturday of every month, at 09:30 to 10:30 at Parktown Girls High –Tyrone Avenue, Parkview.  

No cost, and RSVP preferable by contacting Leo on 0833780468.

Next date:   TO BE SET.

Join us for a complimentary class before the talk, to try tai chi out – from 08:30 to 09:15

Future Dates of Talks

Talks will usually be on the last Saturday of the month (except public holidays or exceptions listed below).

Venue: Parktown Girls High School.
Time: Talk starts at 09:30

For more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468

Address:

Parktown High School
Tyrone Avenue
Parkview, Johannesburg

Do you have questions about Tai Chi? Why is it useful to develop your chi? And quieten your mind? And have a practice that exercises both body and mind? Would you like to know about Tai Chi’s many other benefits? How about the best and most helpful way to learn the practice of taiji? Find out …

Special Taiji Class on Saturday 16 April – open to all

Special Taiji Class on Saturday 16 April – open to all

SEE THE PHOTO’S OF THIS EVENT ON FACEBOOK HERE
and the dancing here.

Last week Thursday (31st May 2016) Sifu Leo Low Ming held a free tai chi session as part of Secret Sunrise, and received a few enquires after it about tai chi. There’s another session of Secret Sunrise coming up that we’ll be having a free class at, to help spread the word about taiji. And we’re inviting all students, past students and friends to attend.

This next one is on a Saturday (instead of their usual sunrise weekday events) and is the launch of their Secret Saturday Editions.

What is Secret Sunrise?

Secret Sunrise Saturday eventSecret Sunrise Dancing is an early morning dance session timed to the rising sun, from 6:00 to 7:00. It happens every two weeks on a Thursday morning. The secret part is the exact venue is only announced the day before. There is a theme to each dance, and participants rent high quality earphones and are guided through the fun and celebratory dance session. Once in a while Secret Saturday events are going to be hosted too.

Before the dance session, there is a free Yoga session from 5:00 to 5:45, and now Leo will be offering at that same time, a free Tai Chi and Qigong session too.

Next Secret Sunrise Tai Chi SATURDAY 16 APRIL

The next tai chi session at the next Secret Sunrise Johannesburg is slightly different in that it will be on Saturday 16 April at 09:00 in the morning. The Venue is at the Old Railway Station, Carr Street, Newtown, right next to the Nelson Mandela Bridge.

What this means for Class:
We are trying to grow the awareness of taiji in Johannesburg, and so would like to invite you all to join us for Saturday 16th April’s class as a special once off event of a 1 hour 15 minute class in Newtown.

So there will be no class at Parktown, and instead, classes will be combined into ONE CLASS from 09:00 to 10:15 in Newtown. And you are welcome to invite friends to come and join us, and we hope our past students will join in this special event and catch up with us too.

Then if you want to partake in the Dancing Session which starts at 10:30, you will need to buy your tickets before hand online here.

DETAILS for this open and combined SPECIAL CLASS:

Date: Saturday 16 April
Time: 09:00 to 10:15
Venue: Old Railway Station, Carr Street, Newtown, right next to the Nelson Mandela Bridge. (There is parking in front of the old Railway Station)

More Info

More info about this event here.
and if you want to join the dancing you need to buy a ticket here.

More info about Secret Sunrise in general here.

Let us know if you will be joining, so we can make sure you know all the details, and we thank you for supporting us in promoting the practice of tai chi and it’s many benefits!

Contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

PHOTO CREDITS: Photos courtesy of Secret Sunrise Johannesburg

SEE THE PHOTO’S OF THIS EVENT ON FACEBOOK HERE… …and the dancing here. Last week Thursday (31st May 2016) Sifu Leo Low Ming held a free tai chi session as part of Secret Sunrise, and received a few enquires after it about tai chi. There’s another session of Secret Sunrise coming up that we’ll be …

Tai Chi Events in Johannesburg

Tai Chi Events in Johannesburg

We have a list of our most current upcoming events on this Events Page.

For more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

 

Secret Sunday Event – Sunday 25 June

SEE THE PHOTO’S OF PAST EVENTS ON FACEBOOK HERE…  and one of our Sunday’s event here
and the dancing here.

As part of Secret Sunrise Johannesburg, Leo will be holding a free tai chi session just before the Secret Sunrise Dancing session. This is open to all, and there is no charge for the tai chi. The next session is:

Date: Sunday 25 June
Venue: Rosebank Area (the exact location will be announced the day before – that’s the secret part. Check their facebook page for details)
Tai Chi Session time:  08h30 to 09h15
Dance Session Time: 09h30  (Dance Tickets need to be purchased before the event for the dance session)
More info here.

 

Tai Chi Retreat – 6th to 8th October 2017

We will be having our next taiji retreat from a Friday to Sunday in October 2017 at Melody Hill in Magaliesburg.
2 night’s accommodation including all meals. You are welcome to arrive Friday after lunch. There will be a light supper that evening. The first session will take place Saturday morn at 7:00, and we will end Sunday after lunch. Bring straight swords; sunscreen; swim wear; walking shoes; hats, mozzie spray, torch. Meals are vegan. Please feel free to bring other snacks if you so wish.
Total cost of R1850, and R1650 if our numbers are over 14, so please lets all try get there.

Meals are vegan. Please feel free to bring other snacks if you so wish. Booking is essential paid in full (R1850) by the March to confirm your place! (You will be refunded the difference if we exceed 14)

Please note we need a minimum of 14 people to make this retreat happen, so we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!

This retreat is tailored for the students who participate, and so will be for all levels of tai chi, from beginners to advanced.  The focus is on foundation building, on key concepts in tai chi, and on technique.  From this base Leo builds to the level of the group, including:

  • Beginners will get a strong foundation, further getting in touch with themselves and their bodies. Their  left and right hand co-ordination improves; developing more neural muscular signals and helping integrate mind and body.
  • Those with injuries, scoliosis, arthritic conditions will benefit from this retreat for therapeutic reasons, and learning the useful exercises.
  • And those more advanced in taiji, will improve their body alignment, perfect the foundation skills, aligning their technique with the correct breathing, and will gain refinement of their taiji moves, both mentally and physically.

Details:
Date: Friday night to Sunday afternoon 6th to 8th October 2017
Venue: Melody Hill in Magaliesburg
Cost: R1850 – payment upfront confirms your place
RSVP: contact Sifu Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468 to get bank details.

 

Other Future Events to be finalised:

Introduction to Tai Chi – Monthly Talks

Learn about tai chi and it’s many benefits, and the best way to learn tai chi, from Leo.  Talks are aimed at beginners, and held the last Saturday of every month, at 09:30 to 10:00 at Parktown Girls High –Tyrone Avenue, Parkview.  No cost, and RSVP preferable by contacting Leo on 0833780468.

Join us for a complimentary class before the talk, to try tai chi out – from 08:30 to 09:15

 

Workshop on Tai Chi- Foundation Skills – TBC

We are having a taiji workshop on a Saturday (next date to be confirmed). It will commence at 9.30 till 12:30/13:00. There will be short breaks in between. The cost of the workshop is R180p/p.
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring hats, snacks if you wish, and something to drink. There will also be an urn setup for tea and coffee.

This workshop will be for all levels of tai chi, from beginners to advanced.

  • Beginners will get a strong foundation to develop their taiji practice from, as they are often not as in touch with themselves and their bodies. So they will gain from this workshop’s exercises an improvement in left and right hand co-ordination; improvement in neural muscular signals; better sleep; and a strong foundation for perfecting mind and body integration.
  • Those with injuries, scoliosis, arthritic conditions will benefit from this workshop for therapeutic reasons, and learning the useful exercises.
  • And those more advanced in taiji, will improve their body alignment, perfect the foundation skills, aligning their technique and breathing, and will gain refinement of their taiji moves, both m-entally and physically.

Leo will need confirmation by way of upfront payment to secure your place. So email Sifu Leo (leoming at telkomsa dot net) for banking details and to register.

Details:
Date: Saturday TBC
Time: 9:30 to 12:30/13:00pm
Venue: Parktown Girls School, Parkview
Cost: R180p/p – payment confirms your place
RSVP: contact Sifu Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468 to get bank details.

 

For more info on any of these events, contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468

We have a list of our most current upcoming events on this Events Page. For more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.   Secret Sunday Event – Sunday 25 June SEE THE PHOTO’S OF PAST EVENTS ON FACEBOOK HERE…  and one of our Sunday’s event here… …and the dancing here. As part of Secret …

Secret Sunrise Tai Chi in Johannesburg

Secret Sunrise Tai Chi in Johannesburg

CHECK our Event Page for the latest Secret Sunrise Tai Chi Date!

We’re excited to announce that we will be holding sessions as part of the movement called “Secret Sunrise” that is growing in South Africa.  It started in Cape Town last year, reached Johannesburg earlier this year, last week launched in Durban, and next month it starts in Pretoria!

What is it?

Secret Sunrise Dancing in JohannesburgSecret Sunrise Dancing is an early morning dance session to celebrate the rising sun, from 6:00 to 7:00.  It happens every two weeks.  The secret part is the exact venue is only announced the day before.  There is a theme to each dance, and participants are loaned high quality earphones and are guided through the fun and celebratory dance session.

Before the dance session, there is a free Yoga session from 5:00 to 5:45, and now Sifu Leo Low Ming will be offering at that same time, a free Tai Chi and Qigong session too.

Secret Sunrise Tai Chi

We’re launching the first session at the next Secret Sunrise Johannesburg on Thursday morning 31 March at 05:00 to 05:45, and the area is Illovo, Sandton (the exact venue we’ll only know the day before).

And we hope you will join us to help launch this, and have a fun start to your day.  After the taiji you can then leave and enjoy the rest of your morning, or stay and join in the dancing session until 7:00 (cost is R125 to hire the earphones).

Date: Thurs 31 March
Time: 05:00 to 05:45
Venue: Illovo, Sandton
No Cost

More Info

More info about this event here, and if you want to join the dancing you need to buy a ticket here.

More info in general about Secret Sunrise Johannesburg is here.

For future dates and for more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Photos courtesy of Secret Sunrise Johannesburg

CHECK our Event Page for the latest Secret Sunrise Tai Chi Date! We’re excited to announce that we will be holding sessions as part of the movement called “Secret Sunrise” that is growing in South Africa.  It started in Cape Town last year, reached Johannesburg earlier this year, last week launched in Durban, and next month it …