Welcome to the USU Early Bird Tai Chi Class!

The integrated approach is highly relevant, not only to urban development, but to development in general, and more especially to personal development! This is what we learn from ancient martial arts such as Tai Chi Chuan and energetic practices such as Qi Gong.

Every morning during the URBACT Summer University, we will prepare for the day, gently awakening body and mind through series of breathing and movements.

No specific skills or experience requested. Just your true self and openness to connect and share. No specific gear. Just comfy clothes: lose trousers, tee-shirt/ sweat-shirt, ideally barefoot (ground conditions permitting) but you may bring light shoes/ sneakers just in case…

Mathias Golshani

My martial background

I have been practicing martial arts for more than 25 years. My main references are in the following martial arts:

  • Qi Gong (Master Yayama’s kiko school – Japan)
  • 5th Dan Jiseibudo (Master Tokitsu’s school – Tokitsu Ryu International)
  • 4th Dan Karate
  • 2nd Dan Aikido

I have been teaching Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong in Paris for 10 years (both collective classes and individual ki coaching).

Qi Gong (or Kikô in Japanese) is an “internal energetic practice”, aiming to harmonize and strengthen one’s flow of ki, the circulating “life energy” that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things and beings. Katas, movements and postures of Qi Gong are driven by the activation of the chakras, energy centres located along the spine. They allow to enhance one’s sensitiveness to ki and to activate the flow of energy for a healthy body and mind.

Tai Chi Chuan, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice. Tai chi is sometimes referred to as "moving meditation"—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply. Tai chi incorporates the Chinese concepts of yin and yang (opposing forces within the body) and ki (a vital energy or life force). Practicing tai chi supports a healthy balance of yin and yang, thereby aiding the flow of ki.


Mathias Golshani