History and Benefits of Chen Tai Chi

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

Tai Chi Beginners’ Course – online

Join us for a 4 week course for beginners where you will learn the basics of White Crane Tai Chi. Starting Thursday 4th February 11am-12pm - every Thursday in Feb. You will learn the opening moves of Shuang Yang Bai He Rou Ruan Quan / Frost and Sun White Crane Gentle Art. The moves make … Continue reading Tai Chi Beginners’ Course – online

Kung Fu Beats Coronavirus

As a martial artist we spend a great proportion of our lives putting our bodies as well as our minds into uncomfortable situations and positions.   Take my favourite exercise for example, the low horse stance (those who know me will not be surprised!). It's the perfect example of physical discomfort and stress.    It … Continue reading Kung Fu Beats Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update: Online Classes, Training Plans, Video Tutorials, and a STAYWELL Discount Code

We understand that it may be a concern for students to come out to class at present, with all of the bad news surrounding Coronavirus. All of our classes are still taking place but please follow NHS advice and stay away from class if yourself or those around you are showing symptoms. Information can be … Continue reading Coronavirus Update: Online Classes, Training Plans, Video Tutorials, and a STAYWELL Discount Code

Tào Lù and the Platonic World of Forms

套路 - tàolù Taolu is the pinyin romanisation of 套路. In this context 'tào' is a classifying word for anything regarding sets or collections of things, 'lù' is a journey, road, path. In English we speak of martial arts forms, sets, routines. The Japanese term 'kata' is often used also. Plato was of course the … Continue reading Tào Lù and the Platonic World of Forms

Martial Qigong

Welcome to another edition of the weekly White Crane Online blog. Over the past few weeks we have been exploring topics in and around the theme of Taoism. Last week I introduced the core concept of Qi (if you missed it, you might want to read it here first) and I explained a little bit … Continue reading Martial Qigong

Day 29 – Hong Kong Tourist

China 2019 - Day 29, Thursday, 15th August When you look at a planet from space, you don't think, "Hmmm, I wonder what arbitrary lines of segregation have been drawn on that planet?" You think, "Wow, what an awesome looking planet!!" Now, practicalities and logistics aside, and I don't want to hurt anyone's national pride, … Continue reading Day 29 – Hong Kong Tourist