Member of the Chen Xiao Wang World Tai Chi Chuan Association and the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
I originally came to the internal martial arts after spending many years studying karate for which I achieved ‘dan’ grades. In 2003 I started to search for a new way of training, initially studying Sun style Tai Chi through the Wu Kung Federation, along with the fundamentals of Hsing-I Chuan. I then went on to study Cheng Man Ching style, including related pushing hands exercises from a former student of John Kells. I was hooked on Tai Chi, not just as a martial art, but as a method of achieving and maintaining health and vitality, both mentally and physically.
In 2010 I started learning from, Ben Milton of the Bristol School of Tai Chi. I was attracted to the dynamism of Chen Style Tai Chi, the comprehensive syllabus, and the focus chi gong practice. I soon came to realise that this was the style and teacher for me! Ben’s teachings have taken my understanding of Tai Chi to new depths, and continue to do so.
My practice focuses on Standing Chi gong, Silk Reeling and the Lao Jia form. I also take part in regular monthly seminars which cover topics such as Tai Chi weapons and Pushing Hands.
In my classes I aim to help people understand that Tai Chi is accessible to all, regardless of age or ability, and brings with it numerous benefits. I am particularly keen to encourage people who may want to develop more core strength and stability, and those who want to prevent mobility problems in later life. I am also deeply aware of the benefits Tai Chi brings to those whose lives are affected by the demands of the modern world and would like to offer an antidote to this through gentle exercise which focuses mind and body.
As a teacher by profession, I am well aware that people, regardless of age, all learn at a different rate and in different ways. The structure of my classes reflects this, offering an inclusive and friendly place to learn and develop in this fascinating and rewarding art.
Class details: Wednesday evenings, English Bicknor Village Hall, English Bicknor, Near Coleford, Glos