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Get Active at work
I worked in an office environment for over 30 years, even though I felt like I was forever up and down out of my chair it wasn’t until I wore a step tracker that I realised this movement didn’t result in me taking many steps during the day!  There have been many studies done which ...
Bonsai Chi Get Active Campaign
Join us for our Bonsai Chi ‘Get Active’ campaign, learning a different exercise drill each weekday.  Every Bonsai Chi drill focuses on one benefit, however often improves several of them simultaneously.  Performing it several times throughout the day improves our memory retenti...
Correct your posture
How often do you think about your posture?  It affects our overall wellbeing in so many ways, however we unconsciously do things which results in bad posture. The increase in technology means we don’t have to move as much, who remembers having to get up out of the chair to turn the telly...
Bonsai Chi Daily Exercise Tips & Tricks #3
Improve hand-eye co-ordination A short gentle, low-impact exercise routine, improving hand-eye co-ordination and flexibility of your hands.  You don’t require much room, it can be done standing on the spot or sitting on a chair. Pop some relaxing music on and allow your mind to relax an...
Why we use stances
If someone asked you what stances you adopt in a day you’d probably answer ‘none’.  It’s not a formal term we tend to think of in our everyday movement, however we’re using them all the time. One of the first words you’ll hear when training karate or Bonsai ...
Bonsai Chi Daily Exercise Tips & Tricks #2
Gently flex your body A short gentle whole body, low-impact exercise routine, refreshing and re-energising yourself.  You don’t require much room, it can be done standing on the spot or sitting on a chair. Pop some relaxing music on and allow your mind to relax and calm, enjoying the fe...
Understanding Bonsai Chi
Bonsai Chi is gentle, low-impact, whole body exercises, designed to improve your balance, flexibility and overall wellness.  The movements are designed to develop an understanding of how to control your body movements. Understanding where our body weight is, apportioning it correctly whilst we...
FAQ Bonsai Chi
Do I need to be sporty and fit? No.  You go at your own pace and the exercises can be varied to suit you.  For example, we put our arms forward at head height, if this causes discomfort in your shoulders then you lower it and put them forward at chest height.  You’ll soon find ...
How Do You Walk?
When I say to new members ‘walk forwards and backwards slowly’, they tend to give me the ‘I’ve been walking for a long time, why do you want me to do it in an exercise class?’ look! Walking is a skill we learn, normally as a toddler, as we grow and develop it happens w...
Benefits of Bonsai Chi
We all know exercise is good for us, finding the right one for what we’re trying to achieve can be difficult. Each exercise offers different benefits, below are some details why Bonsai Chi is beneficial for us. Gentle flowing exercise encourages you to move parts of your body you wouldn't nor...
Why did I start Bonsai Chi?
Having been karate training since I was 13 I often spoke of a dream of leaving my ‘day job’ and setting up a martial arts school. What shape and what it would be I could never define, however I always wanted to be able to provide the enjoyment and benefits I’ve gained to others. D...

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