Member of the Chen Xiao Wang World Tai Chi Chuan Association and the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
Class details: Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.00pm
Bratton Clovelly Village Hall, Bratton Clovelly, Near Okehampton, Devon EX20 4JT
My journey into the world of Tai Chi began in 1999, whilst living in Colchester, Essex. Over the years, I only attended weekly classes and rarely had the opportunity to practise outside the class due to work and family commitments. My teacher, Marcus Hayward, introduced me to Yang style, Chi Kung and Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation).
In 2005, due to a personal tragedy, and coinciding with Marcus moving away, my Tai Chi well and truly took a step back in my life but I did keep up my Chi Kung and Zhan Zhuang practice. Eventually, a series of synchronicities led me to signing up for a Tai Chi course through the adult education college in 2007. I immersed myself in learning Cheng Man Ching’s Yang 37 form and felt that a doorway had been reopened. I found myself wanting to practise on a daily basis and search out books to read. Through the teacher, Ruth Anderson, I gained an interest in Taoist philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In January 2012, I moved to Glastonbury, Somerset. My search for a Tai Chi class led me on the pathway of Yuri Leitch (Tai Chi Glastonbury) who taught Chen style. After one class I realised that, although I had been doing Tai Chi for a few years, I had barely scratched the surface of this wonderful art. I had found a good teacher and, from that moment, I knew I wanted to devote my life to the study and practice of Chen style. Yuri taught me Laojia Yilu, Broadsword, Straight Sword, Spear, Fan and a taster of Laojia Erlu, Xinjia Yilu and Push Hands. Under Yuri’s guidance, I had an opportunity to do some teaching and I am indebted to him for giving me such a solid foundation to base my practice on. He also introduced me to his excellent teacher, Ben Milton, Bristol School of Tai Chi, which proved to be another big step in my Tai Chi journey. Since attending my first seminar with Ben in April 2012, his teachings have taken my understanding and practice of Tai Chi to a deeper level and they continue to do so.
Tai Chi is a way of life for me. My love and passion for this ancient and intelligent art keeps me focused on practising consistently. It gives me a complete balance and oneness in my life on all levels; physical, emotional and spiritual, whilst teaching me to flow with the changes that life brings.
Now living in West Devon I have set up a class to share and pass on the many benefits of Tai Chi for all ages and abilities, and to help bring a balance of mind and body into all aspects of their daily lives. The classes focus on loosening/warm up exercises, chi kung, basic foundation exercises, and the Laojia Yilu form. Everyone is encouraged to practise at their own pace and to the best of their natural ability.
Contact details: 01837 871147/ 07765653896 email: email@example.com
Please see my website for more information about www.westdevontaichi.co.uk