Covid - A Historical Record
Covid was an unprecedented time when we all had to adapt to a new way of living, this is a record of how we managed to keep our Taiji training up and school going as teachers and students...
Thank you all for your support during this time
Group Taiji back - Spring 21!
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XIV (Sept 2020)
Ron summed this up perfectly with this lovely message... "Ian/Jan, credit to a well organised class last night and teaching lesson. Fully enjoyed it, Two professionals, c u Monday and thanks" ... Nice one Ron
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XVIII (Sept 2020)
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XVII (Jul 2020)
All enjoying plenty of space, fresh air and especially the indepth instruction possible in a small group (heartening to see Andrew staying behind after class to repeat, repeat, repeat)
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XVI (Jul 2020)
This has many pluses including privacy, parking and plenty of space to spread out along with a quality surface to train on...
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XV (Jul 2020)
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XIV (Jun 2020)
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XIII (Jun 2020)
MORE GOOD NEWS as we are starting some small outdoor group Taiji sessions
Max 5 students per session as per guidelines
Plenty of fresh air and social distancing
Initially we are looking at running these at Debdale Park as it's a midpoint to our regular venues but are open to location suggestions (numbers permitting).
So please email us to register your interest and availability. If you are currently enjoying our 1 to 1 sessions then please let us know if you would like to continue these, and/or join a group.
Look forward to seeing more of you soon
Covid-19 Home/Park Practice XII (May 2020)
...and we're looking forward to catching up with even more of you next week for lots of spiral driven, sun drenched, socially distanced 1 to 1 Taiji.
Covid-19 Home Practice XI (May 2020)
GOOD NEWS for you eager students who have been in contact sorely missing your regular training with us - the change in guidelines that came into force yesterday means that we can now safely offer outdoor 1:1 sessions
A great chance to work on those Taiji queries a video can't solve. As GM Chen Zhenglei states on learning Taiji "looking at the video or book every day, all you get from this is only the external form. You won't get the inner essences. You still need the teacher's guidance."
So one of you, with one of us, in a park. with social distancing, the sun shining and to top it off we'll throw in a 20% discount on our usual rate - outdoors made even more appealing! So no 2 metre queueing required, just contact us to book your session and we look forward to seeing you again
Covid-19 Home Practice X (May 2020)
An important part of your Home Practice is not only going through the physical routines but being clear on the requirements and the way forward.
As well as remembering and acting on the individual advice/adjustments that we pass on to you, it can help to be guided by others who are further along the Taiji path.
So widen your view and take advantage of the rounded selection of articles we have on our website, including a couple of new additions, so put your feet up, relax and enjoy (after your regular practice of course)
Covid-19 Home Practice IX (May 2020)
Covid-19 Home Practice VIII (Apr 2020)
With your Taiji skills so finely tuned from all this extra time on your "Home Practice", you're probably ready for your next challenge... how about this...?
Covid-19 Home Practice VI (Apr 2020)
LET’S ALL SHOW OUR SUPPORT!,
In doing so I nominate you all to share your images practicing Tai chi during isolation.
To show both Ian an Janet how much we appreciate our classes with them even if we can’t all be together right now.
Also a great way to support each other as students"
Covid-19 Home Practice V (Apr 2020)
Djamel and Maria have even kindly sent us proof of their daily routine...
They have inspired us to set up a gallery of your "Home Practice" pics as a testament to your committment and we'd love to have more of you represented so please send us your snaps (Taiji only, not passport or worse...!)
Look forward to seeing your contributions
Covid-19 Home Practice IV (Apr 2020)
As the weather improves, it allows for more outdoor Taiji practice, garden permitting
So to continue with your "Home Practice" here is a sword tutorial from GM Chen Zhenglei (demo starts at 10:30 mins with instruction after)
Performed expansively this will also help with hedge trimming and pruning so a doubly good use of your time...
Daily practice = body fitter, mind stronger
Covid-19 Home Practice III (Apr 2020)
So to get you started here is Master Wang again to take you through single hand silk reeling, the foundation exercise
Covid-19 Home Practice II (Mar 2020)
So one week in but still a few more to go...
The emphasis from all the experts seems to be on keeping active both physically and mentally, from regular exercise to focusing on a hobby. That's where us Taiji students are lucky - we already have an enjoyable pastime that keeps our interest, strengthens our immune system and keep us fit.
Consistent practice is the key to progress in your Taiji so to help here's the next installment of "Home Practice", brought to you by GM Chen Zhenglei (demonstration first then the tutorial begins around 15 mins)
Covid-19 Home Practice (Mar 2020)
As this crisis continues, it makes us all re-evaluate what is important in our lives. Health, well-being and family/friends are now our priority.
Through your long term commitment to our classes you have all been investing in your health and regular Taiji practice develops resilience in your mind and body which is more important now than ever.
With us all staying at home, we all have more time to spare, so make sure you use it productively to come out the other side stronger. As with neigong, it's about building and nurturing what you have got.
With this in mind and resources being stretched we don't want you to have to pay for online classes so we will keep you going with regular free tutorials.
To start with here are some loosening exercises courtesy of GM Chen Zhenglei as requested by Sylvia, Shell, Chris etc...
During lockdown, we asked for proof of practice and here is a selection of those who kindly obliged...