A friendly, enjoyable and relaxing environment to learn the Chinese martial arts: sign up for T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes in Tokyo. The next set of classes begin on October 15.

Don’t let the slow movements fool you—T’ai Chi is not only practiced for its health benefits, but also for defense training. It has been practiced for centuries in China, and now around the globe, and judging by the growing numbers of people practicing the movements on a daily basis, it can’t be a bad thing. Besides, it sounds like a nice way to start the morning.

If you’re looking for a new way to exercise this season, the well-established Mei Quan Academy of T’ai Chi, which has branches in Sydney, London and now Tokyo, is now teaching a combination of  T’ai Chi and Qi Gong. These ancient, time-tested methods of self-development are said to improve overall health, increase energy and strengthen the immune system.

If you’re not familiar with the basics of T’ai Chi or Qi Gong, it’s not an issue as you can join a beginner class and learn the methods step by step. T’ai Chi and Qi Gong are easy to learn and enjoyable to do. According to the school, even a few minutes of practice can have an invigorating and rejuvenating effect. For those who already know the basics, intermediate classes are also available.

The classes are held in English and led by a qualified teacher; contact Mari Saito at [email protected] or 080 6781 8975 for more information.


Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes in Tokyo

Official website: www.taichinews.com/international/tokyo-japan

When: from Tuesday October 15

Where: Roppongi Fortuna Studio (see map)

How much: ¥15,000 for six weeks

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Images courtesy of Mari Saito