In the realm of qigong, a practice rooted in Chinese culture and aimed at cultivating energy and vitality, the Yi Jin Jing (Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic) form stands out as a potent and transformative exercise. Yi translates as change/transform, Jin refers to the muscles/tendons/sinews, and Jing means classic or sutra. Originating from the Shaolin temple, Yi … Continue reading The Transformative Power of Yi Jin Jing Qigong: A Journey to Inner Strength
Those who are new to tai chi may well not realise that there are several different styles, some of which can look and feel very different. At the end of the day, if the style is taught well, the benefits are pretty much the same but you may want to spend some time investigating … Continue reading History and Benefits of Chen Tai Chi
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we are now heading into the Wood element and this changing of the season from winter to spring brings with it a renewing of energy, a rebirth and a new beginning. Spring always gives me a (for want of a better word) spring in my step and … Continue reading Spring and the Wood Element
Okay so let’s get the two most important and commonly asked questions out of the way first: What does it mean? How do you say it? You will see it translated as ‘Energy Work’, ‘Energy Cultivation’, ‘Working with Energy’, ‘Energy Life Cultivation’ - and other similar terms. It is often difficult to directly translate ideas … Continue reading Qigong
It has been a while since my last blog entry, it has been a very busy year so far teaching and working on other projects.... So here is a piece written by Julia Biggs, local acupuncturist and hard working Tai Chi student, very relevant for all those feeling aches and pains at the end of … Continue reading Guest blog from Julia Biggs… Acupuncturist and Tai Chi student!
After 6 weeks of training the beginners’ Tai Chi course drew to a close last week. It was great to work with a very enthusiastic group of students, all very keen to either start to explore Tai Chi or try out a different style to what they had previously practiced. As with most Tai Chi … Continue reading Review of the recent Tai Chi course
As great as it would be, you don't have to whisk yourself away to the Wudang Mountains to experience the benefits of fitting in some daily meditation. It can be done almost anywhere, whenever you feel the need to just relax and refocus by following these easy steps: First of all stand with your feet … Continue reading An easy meditation you can do almost anywhere…
The Main Types of Tai Chi (and the rare White Crane style) When looking for a Tai Chi class to attend a quick search online will return a whole host of clubs offering classes, quite often all of them are a different style of Tai Chi. So what are the main styles and how are … Continue reading Different Tai Chi styles…
Thought I'd update the blog briefly as it's been a while. At WCA it's been a busy few weeks, lots of classes, personal training, organising courses and most importantly grading Kung Fu students. I'm very pleased to announce that Hamish McDermid has graded up to full instructor level and will be opening up his own club in … Continue reading Lots going on!