Tai Chi Chuan

Thoughts on Teaching and Learning Martial Arts

3 December 2015

I like the “teach what they can take” approach but also see a need to give a view of what is possible. A problem exists that where a really good teacher is available every day then the best way is one to one coupled with group work, but with UK students who have to travel […]

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Tai Chi & Alexander Technique Seminar 15th November 2015

20 October 2015

Covering exercises, spiralling movement, Qigong, meditation, Tai Chi principles and Alexander principles. The seminar will be run by Ian Deavin and Judy Hammond and participants will be engaged in a fascinating mix of meditation and movement, creating inner body awareness and developing a practical and spiritual mind/body link of considerable strength. Qigong is a basic training […]

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Tai Chi & Alexander Technique Seminar 12th July 2015

11 June 2015

Covering exercises, spiralling movement, qigong, meditation, Tai Chi principles and Alexander principles. The seminar will be run by Ian Deavin and Judy Hammond and participants will be engaged in a fascinating mix of meditation and movement, creating inner body awareness and developing a practical and spiritual mind/body link of considerable strength. Qigong is a basic training […]

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What Are Martial Arts Really About?

14 May 2015

The title question “What are Martial Arts Really about?” can be simply answered at the most basic level – survival – and left there. However it is my belief that many things flow from that simple statement. Things which do not go off the point and which are timeless in their relevance to men and women […]

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Just get in the water and dive……

25 July 2014

I was intrigued by a story on the radio recently of a western freediver who went to learn from Japanese pearl divers – whose only advice was ” get in the water and dive” It reminded me of the only advice I got while in the Chen village ” relax and sink, practice the form” […]

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One teacher is one dimensional – discuss……

3 January 2014

I have often come across the suggestion ( originally in Karate ) that ” you should train with only one teacher” – but have found that actually all the teachers I have trained with have had many teachers themselves, indeed the really good ones have actively sought out  other teachers and I have come to […]

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Tai Chi Exercises and Meditation with Alexander Technique

21 October 2013

Judy Hammond and I had a brilliant time with 14 attendees on Sunday who all brought open minds and sparkling interest to our seminar at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living – many had Tai Chi experience already but many did not – coming from a variety of backgrounds including Yoga teaching and Alexander teaching. […]

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Seminars Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang – London

21 October 2013

Talk about a cornucopia of choices I hear that Grandmaster Chen Xioawang will be in London in November as follows: Seminars with Master Chen Xiaowang in London 5 to 11 November Contact: Patrick Wan patrick.wan@sky.com http://www.wctauk.com/index.htm Calligraphy & Taiji with master Chen on 11 November Contact: Chris Jones info@taijicircle.com   Share the post “Seminars Grandmaster […]

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What is the difference between Chi Kung and Tai Chi?

15 January 2013

I was asked this question recently and thought it a very sensible one – given the health orientation of Chi Kung and a similar orientation of most people who come to Tai Chi classes, at least with me. So after some consideration my answer was as follows: Chi Kung ( energy work ) is about […]

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New articles

23 February 2012

One of the things that I fhave found paradoxical about Tai Chi and Martial Arts in general over the years is the balance between practice and the thinking about it – gradually I have accepted that we need to do both and I’ll just do it my way – so my mind just keeps on thinking […]

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