Shefford Tai Chi Festival poster

Each year on the last Saturday of April the World Health Organisation recognises World Tai Chi and Qigong Day – so for 2017 we are planning a Tai Chi festival at the newly refurbished Shefford Community Hall.

Entry will be free for all with plans for demonstrations, taster classes, falls prevention discussions, etc through the day as well as a number of guest demonstrations by teachers from other classes held at the hall – such as Yoga, Taekwando, Tai Kick Boxing, – we are also expecting Alexander Technique and Massage to be available.

Tea and cakes will be available by donation.

We intend that there will be no charge for participants or visitors as we are seeking to promote local community activities related to Tai Chi – anybody wishing to be involved should contact Ian Deavin on 07860 218334 or e-mail


positive daily work

Recent research has apparently demonstrated that creativity is enhanced by mundane activity – something the Zen meditators have long suggested.

Too little activity and the mind stagnates, too much and the task overrides the creative process.

So, unsurprisingly, I get many ideas while jogging – so long as I am not too focused on competing with myself.

It makes sense then that we practice our Tai Chi in such a way that it becomes mundane as this facilitates not only observation but also the creative thought process that enables us to learn for ourselves.

An interesting simile is the idea of water – sometimes it is entirely appropriate to rush toward a goal with much left unconsidered, at other times it is good to just be still but too much rush or two much stillness results in disconnection or stagnation. Just the right amount of energy enables the water to flow gently into all the crevices without losing contact with the main body of the stream. Too much – we get disassociated eddies. Too little then no new connections can be made. Just the right flow and we can be connected and energetic – promoting creativity.

It has been lovely to meet the class at Haynes over the past few weeks and of course finally to say goodbye to Andy and Denise last night – good luck to them with their new Sangha House venture in Taunton.

For the moment I am looking forward to our class on Monday next week – same time – 8.00 pm, same place – The Mission Hall Haynes, same cost – similar banter!

New students are very welcome – please see here for further details.



Residential at Belsey Bridge

12 September 2016
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A small group of us with widely varying interest and background in Tai Chi had an interesting weekend at the Belsey Bridge Conference Centre near Bungay in Norfolk – the theme was around the whole idea of movement and how Chen Tai Chi forms and partner work can help us to develop this in a […]

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Relax and feel the background noise

7 September 2016
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We seem to start often from a position of tension when we cannot feel much of what is going on in our bodies because it is both clamped down and swamped by the tension. When more relaxed we begin to feel the movement of our muscles and skeleton. Further relaxed this movement quietens and we […]

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October change of venue for Shefford Tai Chi classes

7 September 2016

We are delighted that the Shefford Community Hall is to receive a make over during October – as a consequence we will be moving our Tai Chi classes to Southill Village Hall on Sunday evenings and to Campton Village Hall on Monday afternoons for the duration of October. I look forward to seeing students in […]

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A Western View of Chi

31 August 2016
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Models for training, practice and life Many intellectual and emotional models all congruent with each other integrated in a body trained in their principles, which demonstrates the sum of those models and physical practice. Physically the ability to propagate waves through the body emanating from the centre by integrated segmental motion. This result could be […]

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Luton classes to finish 31st August

11 August 2016

Final classes in Luton at Chaul End Community Centre will be on the 17th and the 31st of August 2016 – existing students and anyone interested in Tai Chi are very welcome to come to any of my other classes in Shefford, Hitchin or Letchworth. Please see here for details or contact me for information. […]

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Tai Chi – important behaviours

10 August 2016
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I was talking one day with a student about the behaviours that might be considered advantageous in a physical conflict – and gave him a homework project to think of a list of 5 or 6 – then to write about them – and of how they might also have positive aspects in constructive relationships. […]

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