Monday, 7 November 2011

Taiji Kungfu Fan - session 3

On Saturday the third all day session took place. A challenging but fruitful day was had by all and all of part three was covered. I have some photos and will sort them out over the next couple of days. I am currently waiting to hear when the hall will be free for the next session. I am hoping for a date towards the end of January. As soon as I have a date confirmed I will post it on here and the web site. I have been asked by a number of people whether it is OK to come to the sessions if they have not attended previous ones. I am happy for anyone to do this as each part is its own contained mini form. If anyone has any queries about this then they can email me directly. The next session will be a consolidation exercise so even if anyone has missed any of the first three parts then this is a chance to catch up a little. The morning will consist of parts 1 and 2. The afternoon will focus on parts 3 and 4. Part 4 is actually the same as part 2. We will also link all 4 parts together, including a go with the music (that's when the fun really starts!). Thanks for checking in and look out for some photos later in the week.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Bold Street Festival

What a wonderful day and the crowds certainly came out in force. We arrived to find no PA system set up for us but we actually managed to turn this around to our advantage due to a couple of Chinese people giving out leaflets about an art exhibition. They were playing some Chinese music so we asked if we could perform by them. They were very obliging and even turned up the music. This meant we were actually on the road itself facing towards Church Street - so a good entrance to the festival. Plenty of people stopped to watch and quite a number were taking photographs. If anyone out there has any pictures please could you send me some.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Bold Street Festival

Today we are demonstrating for the third year running at the Bold Street Festival in Liverpool. We will be doing a mixture of Qigong and Tai Chi including the full fan routine to music. We will be at the bottom of Bold Street outside the Co-op Bank from 12pm. Our demonstrations will be alternated with activities that the Black-E have planned. If you are in town today come alond and say hello. I will post some photos after the event.

Taiji Kungfu Fan Session 2

The second session took place yesterday and everyone got through the second part. We even did the first and second parts to music although this may have been a challenge too far but was good fun nonetheless. Everyone was keen to come back for the third part and this will take place on Saturday 5th November. Well done to all those who took part and keep on practising!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Taiji Kungfu Fan - first session

Yesterday the first all day session took place. Twelve people turned up and there was a great buzz in the room from the word go. The aim of the day was to go through the first part of the form and this was successfully achieved. A great day was had by all and everyone was still smiling at the end as can be seen in the group photo. Well done to everyone. The second session was booked straight away for the 24th September.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Deyin Summer Camp

I returned yesterday evening from a wonderful weekend of Tai Chi in Wolverhampton. Over the weekend I took part in the Fan workshop on the Saturday with Professor Li. This was very useful and this morning I was able to pass on some of his words of wisdom to my fan class.

On the Sunday I did the Yi Jin Jing Qigong workshop with Faye. I hadn't done this before. It was a very interesting day and I don't think I've twisted and turned that much for a while. I bought the book and DVD to practise and learn at home.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Classes this week

Wednesday classes resume as normal this week after our trip last week to Llandudno.

However there will be no Thursday evening class on 16th June. Normal class will resume next week on the 23rd June.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Tai Chi in the Park

The day started with beautiful sunny weather and managed to stay like that until 10.15am when the rain and hail stones descended. Not detered I decided to go to the park as arranged for 11am and see if anyone would turn up. I took my Tai Chi magazine that arrived yesterday and with a packed lunch set off. The rain had eased a lot by this point.
I was not to be disappointed and as the sky started to clear and the rain dry up then came more Tai Chi practitioners - another four so we had a small but effective group of five.
Situated between the car park and the cafe, to avoid the soggy grass, we warmed up and performed the 8 step and 24 step routines. We also had a go at the fan and those who hadn't done it before also enjoyed practising opening and closing the fan - there was much laughter at this point.
We finished off with the Eight Treasures Qigong and I think it is safe to say that we all felt a lot better for it. The sun stayed shining and it was lovely to be outdoors with the birds singing.
Keep an eye out for further dates in different parks.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Our annual day out

Yesterday 10 of us took the train to Llandudno. We had a fabulous day and the weather was lovely. There was no rain and the views from the top of the Orme were magnificent.

We started the day with a lovely lunch in a cafe by the station and decided that we would have a go on the tram up the Orme. Before doing this we took a stroll along the pier. It was busier than I thought it would be.

From there we walked to the tram station and booked our tickets. Colin was feeling very energetic and only took the tram half way then walked the rest. We all took the easy way. It was very windy up there but invigorating and we could see for miles. Not sure that Colin's claims that he could see Blackpool tower were quite correct.

I took many photos of the day and once I have sorted through them I will post them on the website. So please have a look.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Tai Chi in the Park

On Saturday 11th June at 11am I am hosting a FREE tai chi session in Sefton Park, Liverpool. I have no idea how long it will last (depends on the weather) but anyone who is interested in coming along to hone their skills or try out new ones is more than welcome.
We will be near the new Aviary Cafe. If you are standing at the fountain take the path which has the bandstand on your left and we will be on the grass on the right hand side.
Bring a picnic for afterwards. This will be a good chance for a chat and catch up.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Website reviews

Thanks to everyone who has taken the trouble to give me feedback on the new website. Included was some really useful constructive criticism. I am going to implement the feedback during this week while I'm off on half term.
Keep sending your feedback. It is so handy to have another set of eyes checking it out.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Launch of my website

Today my website went live.
Please have a look and I would welcome any constructive feedback. I still have things to put on there and some additional ideas that need to be worked out but at least it is up and running. Happy viewing:)

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Taiji Kungfu Fan class

On Saturday 16th July (10am - 4pm) I will be starting a new fan course. This one is being delivered differently than before. The intention is to run a full day session once every six to eight weeks. Each session will cover one part of the form (there are six parts in total). We will also incorporate the music that is used to perform this form.
You can read more about the form and its history by visiting

The venue is the Unitarian Church on Ullet Road, Liverpool L17 2AA (York Avenue entrance). Tea and coffee will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

All participants will need to bring a fan with them. The fans used for this form are larger than standard (37cms) and can be purchased from Tai Chi Link ( Prices start at £12.99.

Contact me through this blog if you have any queries. If you wish to book a place you can contact me through the blog or my email address and I will email you a booking form.

The cost for the day is £30 if booked and paid for in advance. It is possible just to turn up on the day however the charge for doing so will be £35. Payment can be made securely via paypal using the buy now button on the top of this page.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Website under construction

I am currently designing a website and hope to have it online very shortly. I will update the blog and include the web address on this site once completed. There will also be a link to this blog from the website.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Free Taster Courses

I have two taster courses starting next Monday 16th May.
Duration is 2 weeks.
Details are:
10 till 12 Tai Chi Fan taster

1 till 3 Tai Chi for Beginners

Venue: Granby Adult Learning Centre, Granby Street, Liverpool L8

Turn up on the day, complete an enrolment form and begin.
No cost involved

Welcome back

Dear All

Apologies for the long absence. Since the last post so much has happened. Here is a sample of just some of the things we've been up to:
May 11: currently organising a new fan course: details to be posted very shortly
April 11: won 2 bronze medals at the British Open Tai Chi Championships
Mar 11: students on first fan course have completed all six parts: well done:)
Feb 11: successfully completed instructor course with Deyin Institute
Jan 11: Tai Chi fundraising coffee morning (£410 raised)
Sept 10: Bold Street festival demonstration
June 10: attended summer camp with Professor Li (Deyin Institute)
plus loads of teaching and training.

Keep an eye out for more news as and when it happens