Sunday, 16 November 2014
In my time as a student of Taiji, I have had the privilege of being trained by highly regarded and highly skilled Masters. Their approaches to what to train their students however are poles apart in some respects. One focused on learning just one form for each discipline i.e. one barehand, one sword etc. The other teaches a range of different forms e.g. Yang style 8 step, 16 step, 24 step etc. This is not a discussion about which is the best. In my view both of them have contributed immensely to my Taiji practice and still do today. There are however "arguments" in the Taiji world as to which is the best way. I would like to put forward some pros and cons for both systems.
Saturday, 1 November 2014
That sounds like an outlandish statement but I read something by Michael Gilman the other week that said just that. I read this to my students before we headed off for coffee and cake at a local cafe and asked for their comments and thoughts. I can't recall specifics but the conversation that took place around the table was incredible and for me very spiritual. So before I give my take on the form not being Taiji can I just say that giving people time to talk about their Taiji has been a really good move. I remember watching a video about a Taiji master and after each session he and his students would go and have tea and talk about what they had been practising and although it is essential to physically practice, it is also essential to analyse and discuss experiences that occur in Taiji. I am loving our conversations just as much as the practice.
Friday, 17 October 2014
My experience is that most people have never heard of Qigong when they set foot in a Tai Chi class. I certainly hadn't but I instantly fell in love with the Qigong and I am convinced that is what kept me coming back to the class. I am not the most patient person (better since doing Tai Chi) and I found Qigong easier to pick up and practise at home although it took several months before I confidently could remember the routine. Nonetheless I would try it each night after the children were in bed and loved the feeling of relaxation and calm it gave me.
Friday, 10 October 2014
This was not the post I originally had in mind however as I am going to Wolverhampton tomorrow for an instructor module and assessment some other thought/question sprang to mind - namely, "How important are Tai Chi qualifications?" On a personal note I find the training and instruction for them extremely useful. Certainly from the organisation that I train with - The Deyin Taijiquan Institute. The training is very good and thorough. Both Masters Faye and Tary are experienced practitioners and excellent teachers. I also think that having these qualifications gives me some credibility. It is also good to belong to an organisation that reviews your training and supports you in your development.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
As you can see it has been 9 months since I posted anything on here so I have decided to rectify this. I already have a website (www.angelataichi.co.uk) and a Facebook page (/Angelas-Tai-Chi-School) which I keep up to date with things that are going on and photos of events etc so I have decided to use the blog in one of the ways I think a blog should be used and which is different from the aforementioned media. My plan is to post a thought, comment, quote etc each week to try and stimulate some discussion on here. I will use the website and Facebook to direct people here and hopefully start up some comments and feedback to what I post. I'm hoping that I can put up something in the next week, so watch this space!
Monday, 20 January 2014
On Saturday we held our first meeting of the year to discuss putting on another WTCQD event at Festival Gardens, Liverpool. There were seven of us at the meeting: Barbara, Liverpool; Pat, St Helens; Stephen, Liverpool and Warrington; Jane, Leigh; Steve, North Wales and Gaynor, North Wales. And of course myself! Steve and Gaynor are going to do their first WTCQD in North Wales so won't be joining us:( but it is fantastic that they are spreading the news of Tai Chi and Qigong through this wonderful idea, set up by Bill and Angela Douglas, USA. A great afternoon was had which included a chilly walk to the gardens and further photos can be viewed on my Facebook page.
Monday, 6 January 2014
I have been at a meeting today at Bluecoat in Liverpool to finalise arrangements for Tai Chi at this event - International Women's Day. The event takes place over the weekend of 8th and 9th March and the School will be kicking it all off with a Tai Chi taster session. The start time is yet to be confirmed but should be a great event. Once publicity is available I will post further details on here. Cycling back along the prom the water was very choppy but some great views and spotted a range of different birds. See if you can tell what the ones in the photo are.