Tai Chi with the Confucius Institute

Posted on 14 February 2019

On Tuesday 12 February, we were delighted to be able host a free tai chi session, led by Coventry University’s Confucius Institute as part of our Lunar New Year celebrations in the lead up to our East Asian-led production, Under the Umbrella, which runs from 2 – 16 March.

Tai Chi

Combining deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements, tai chi originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China. It is is now practiced around the world to promote health and well-being.

Tai Chi

Baduanjin, the type of tai chi in this session, is a set of qigong exercises that originated in China, which is often translated as The Eight Pieces of Brocade. The name of the form refers to how the eight individual movements of the form add a silken quality to the body. By doing these eight movements at least once a day, it is said that you should notice improved health, increased energy, reduced stress and an overall sense of well-being.

Tai Chi

The session was aimed at over-50s and led by experienced Confucis Institute tai chi teacher Yimian Hu. Attendees were able to work at their own pace, sitting or using a support if needed, and still get the benefits of this internal Chinese martial art.

Coventry University’s Confucius Institute offers cultural activities and workshops to help promote the understanding of Chinese culture. Their courses are open to students, staff and the general public.

They offer courses in tai chi, calligraphy, Chinese dance and arts & crafts, with classes start at the beginning of each semester. The next start date will be the week of 13th May. If you have any specific inquiries about the classes, you can contact Steve McGill on