The Palms Tai Chi Club  

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About Glennis And The Club 

Glennis Rogerson who is your leader, was trained at Palm Springs in California, as part of her Naturopathic Doctor Degree. Hence the name "The Palms Tai chi Club”. Glennis also has other qualifications in Immunology, Wholistic Healing and was before her retirement, a Lawyer and Accountant, she is also a qualified teacher of Business Studies. Glennis also teaches other Complementary Therapies at little cost and in most cases free. Please look at the web site for details.

Al Friedle who is the Clubs Mentor, from the International Budo Association [to whom the Palms Tai chi Club is affiliated], presented Glennis Rogerson in August 2020 Fourth Dan Sash and Certificate. There are other members who have been members of the club for more than 8 years who have Dan grades. Many others who have been members for shorter times have sashes of many different colours. The club also presents Members, chosen by the club, with awards each year for being the, ‘friendliest helpful member’. 

Glennis is herself disabled and is also registered as a qualified instructor with the Tai Chi Association of GB and Disability Martial Arts Association

The Palms Tai Chi Club welcomes anyone - Able-bodied or Disabled, as it is not difficult to adapt the Exercises and Forms to suit anyone. All members take sash grades in order to progress; [a form is a combination of exercises and moves]. Additional qualifications are available in Bo-staffs, Tai chi Ruler, Sword, Balls, Hoops, Ribbons and Ropes all used as a means of using Tai chi exercises. The costs of this club have been kept as low as possible to enable all to attend the Club. Current Membership Fees are £4 each week for 90 minutes. 

The Club meets in two locations on Mondays from 10 to 11.30 at the Methodist Church Hall in Algitha Road Skegness and on Fridays at Mablethorpe Community Hall, please use the contact button to find out the times of meeting. Some members come from the nursing profession and have first aid qualifications. Glennis also has an enhanced CRB check. The Club as a whole is insured by Balens Insurance and Members are encouraged to join the International Budo Association to insure themselves against any injuries from using any equipment. 

About Tai Chi

The general programme is one of Tai chi according to a syllabus that has been worked out. A form is a combination of moves or exercise. Forms such as Baduanjin, Shaolin, Wu and Dr Lams Arthritis Form have been included in the eight steps from White sash to Black sash. Sashes are taken at intervals of time from the moment you join. Pass Books that spell out your Tai chi journey are available for 75p each and the Sashes cost £5 including a Certificate.

For the second part of the programme we have fun with Weapons as detailed above. For the last 10 minutes we have relaxation and meditation. 

We do have a uniform made up of black trousers and a white top to which is sewn on the clubs embroidered badge, this costs £5. The sashes are White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black and each experience of Tai chi leads to and is included in the next step. See the separate sheet for the suggested meaning of these colours. 

For the First, Second and Third Dan grades which follow the Black Sash; members are expected to complete a project, either practical or written. 

To facilitate everyone taking part in Tai chi there are no Kick Forms and all the syllabus can be completed whether standing, sitting on a chair or in a wheelchair. 

Palms Tai chi Club is a Club and not a Business and no one is paid any money from Club Funds. All members have a say in the running of the Club. The Annual General Meeting is normally held on the 2nd week of February, when a set of the Accounts are presented to all members whether able to attend the AGM, which is held in Skegness, or not. 

The Forms

The History of Tai Chi begins in history and is shrouded in mystery. One story begins from Buddha, around 600 BC and the famous beginning of the Zen. This is one beginning of Martial Arts though there are many legends. Many years later as Buddhism in India decayed so another disciple DaMo left India to go to China in the Liang Dynasty, just before the Tang Dynasty in China. He settled down in Shao-Lin Temple after he met the Emperor. DaMo brought a great method of training people with his contribution of the Shao-Lin Kongfu, although it is a way of fighting, it means to help people to improve their physical and spiritual levels.

Lao-Tzu about 600BC was a master of the Chinese traditional philosophy and systematically initiated the theory of Yin and Yang, the relationship of man and nature and the relationship with strong and weak. In his famous paper "Tao-Te Ching", he mentions the way "to learn from the nature as your teacher". Indeed many of the Tai chi forms follow nature. Names like the Crane and Cat stances [ways of standing] and of the hand and feet movements often resemble the graceful activities of animals. It is an ancient tradition said to have been developed to help restore health of monks in poor physical condition from too much meditation and too little exercise. Shao-Lin Kongfu became famous at the beginning of Tang Dynasty, for the monks saved the Emperor Li Shimin with their fighting skills in about 600AD.

The Martial Arts of China and Japan of which Tai chi is part and the Buddhism and Indian Yoga form parts of the unique oriental exercise style that is so different from the modern way of keeping fit such as jogging and body building. Yet Tai chi itself is also ideal for anyone to undertake as an exercise form for in the main, the movements are slow and precise and help everyone to remain healthy or healthier.

Tai chi is ideal for those with chronic diseases as it helps the body more able to cope. Gentle movements of the ancient Chinese exercise Tai chi are one of many alternatives to help elderly people find pain relief. The movements of Tai chi are gentle, graceful and mystical and for everyone a very safe way to relieve pain and gain balance, strength, and flexibility. Tai chi is one of many alternative therapies that can provide relief from pain and possibly letting you cut back on pain medication. Age is no barrier and at present our eldest is 83.
In the early morning in China, Australia and in many more countries people of all ages practice Tai chi. Chi [pronounced chee] is the Chinese word for energy. In the healing arts Tai chi is used to promote the movement of energy through the body. Virtually all major health organisations, including Arthritis Care and Lincolnshire Health recommend Tai chi as an activity for everyone because it provides balance of body and mind.

Older adults who try Tai chi find the benefits flow into their everyday lives in surprising ways; as muscles become stronger so a person is less liable to fall and the body develops a proper balance and body alignment."